The ICARUS Flight Model was declared ready for flight by the Russian cooperation partner RSC Energia, after two weeks of intensive functional testing with the fully representative Mock-up of the Russian Part of the International Space Station ISS. The tests took place between 10th and 21st July at RSC Energia premises in Korolev, near Moscow. Following the declaration of flight readiness the ICARUS Flight Model was officially handed over in Moscow to the end customer, the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology. The first parts of the ICARUS Instrument are planned to be launched from Baikonur to the ISS in October this year.
The ICARUS Instrument consists of an antenna which will be mounted on the outside of the Russian ISS modules and a processing unit accommodated inside the ISS. During routine operation, the Antenna will receive data from transmitters attached to animals which will allow scientists to better understand animal behavior. SpaceTech GmbH has developed, built and tested the ICARUS Instrument over the last 4 years as leader of a team of German SMEs. The ICARUS Space Project was commissioned by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and is funded by the German Space Agency DLR.