This open source wildlife tag uses the Argos system currently aboard 7 satellites to track any non-marine animal on Earth. This tag is specifically designed for use on small birds, but can be used on any terrestrial wildlife as well.
Current commercial solutions for bird tracking are bulky, heavy, and expensive. Certain trackers on the market can cost up to $3000 per tag. With this project, we aim to provide a cheaper and lighter solution for researchers around the globe.
CNES plans to have up to 25 nanosatellites with the Argos system onboard in orbit by 2023. These new satellites will give 15 minute location updates with accuracies up to 150m.