rQPOD Remote Surface Water Vehicle

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Collect hundreds of square meters of spatial surface water data in minutes with this amazingly light, portable, and easy-to-use platform. The rQPOD is a modular, remote surface vehicle system. It can be purchased with Xylem’s torrent boards optimized to carry YSI and SonTek sensors, with optional Side Scan Sonar. It can also be used to convert SonTek’s HydroBoard II and similar boards into a remotely-operated vehicle.

  • Overview

    The YSI rQPOD is a lightweight, easy-to-assemble propulsion system that can fit to many board-style platforms. It allows users to collect data over a large spatial area in minutes, and in areas otherwise inaccessible. The 2.4 GHz remote control allows operators to control the system from up to 250 meters with a clear line of sight, with real-time data visualization options that allow users to make mission changes and decisions on the spot.

    With the rQPOD, users will enjoy:

         Lightweight design for single-person transport in a convenient backpack

         Easy on-site setup -- ready to run in 15 minutes or less

         Marine-grade components for operation in tough environments

         Ultimate flexibility in sensor payload

    YSI offers users the ability to purchase the rQPOD for installation on an existing platform or to purchase a complete package from YSI including the board. YSI has purpose-built torrent boards for optimal stability as they carry Xylem sensors where you want them. There are 3 unique torrent boards; TBX, TB7, and the DUO. The TBX is designed for the SonTek RS5 ADCP, providing it a small, portable platform, ideal for carrying from location to location. The TB7 is designed to work with 1 standard sensor offering such as the SonTek M9 ADCP HydroSurveyor or an EXO Sonde. The DUO can carry both the M9 and the EXO simultaneously, combining hydrographic and water quality analyses into one platform.

  • Specifications
    Top Speed 1.5 m/s (5 ft/s)

    18 kg (37.68 lb)

    Temperature Range -10°C to +40°C (14°F to 104°F)

    DJI Phantom 3 LiPO

    Transmitter Range

    500 m (1640 ft)

    Transmitter Make Futaba T6K

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