Knowledge concerning the migration of individual animals and whole populations has always been of high interest to mankind.

Mission goal

The space-bound animal monitoring system ICARUS (International Cooperatiion for Animal Research Using Space) will provide a global and innovative approach for permanent tracking of light-weight and land animals, covering a multitude of regions and species and thus outperforming existing systems.

ICARUS provides complete new insights
  • Dispersal and migration of animals damaging human food
  • Global disease spreading by animals
  • Wild animal behaviour in changing environments
  • Preservation of biodiversity and endangered wildlife protection

ICARUS Science on Earth

Illustration of animal migration paths and other application for ICARUS

The project got underway in 2002, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO) in Radolfzell/Konstanz (Germany) holds the leading role of the international consortium and the DLR aerospace management is funding the project since 2012. More information about the project can be found at:

SpaceTech has been selected by the MPIO team for the space-related segments of the project, due to their experience, and has been working on

  1. ICARUS space segment: the ICARUS Demonstrator, has been sent to the ISS February 2018 and were installed on the Russian module August 15th, 2018
  2. ICARUS Animal Tag: a prototype of the tracking sensor, meeting the main science requirements




More details about SpaceTech's role in the ICARUS Project:

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ICARUS ISS Demonstrator

SpaceTech developped the ICARUS ISS Demonstrator, that has been sent to the ISS February 2018 and was successfully installed on the Russian module of the Space Station in August 2018.

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ICARUS Animal Tag

SpaceTech has finished the pre-development of an ICARUS tag prototype.