ICARUS Antenna deployment on ISS
Today, starting 18:00 CEST/German time, the ICARUS antenna will be installed outside the service Module Zvezda by the russian Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev. The Extra-Vehicular Activity wll be coverd live by NASA TV under:
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public (starting 17:00 CEST/German time)
With 5-7 hours, this is one of the longest EVAs ever performed by russia. After the final system level tests, the payload is planned to be fully operational at the beginning of Autumn.
ICARUS payload is designed to receive science information from miniaturized devices attached to animals, known as tags, and send reconfiguration commands if needed. The hardware on the ISS is designed to communicate with more than 100 tags simultaneously, providing the capability of daily communication with thousands of devices around the Globe.
SpaceTech GmbH has developed, manufactured and tested the ICARUS payload over the last 4 years as leader of a team of German SMEs. The project was commissioned by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and is funded by the German Space Agency DLR in cooperation with Roscosmos.