War halts project to track wildlife from space

March 24, 2022


“The past 2 weeks have been very good—and very bad—for Martin Wikelski and Walter Jetz. In a key proof of principle of their space-based wildlife tracking project, they published a paper tracing the travels of 15 species, including the meanderings of an endangered saiga antelope across Central Asia and the marathon flights of cuckoos from Japan to Papua New Guinea.

But the very same week, their data stream from an antenna on the International Space Station (ISS) dried up, likely because data were relayed through a Russian ground station.

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