SonTek RS5

RS5 ADCP Quick Start Guide

In this short video, we talk to you about what you can expect to find when you receive your new RS5 ADCP, as well as the basic steps you'll want to take when setting up your new system.

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The RS5 is an acoustic doppler current profiling (ADCP) system that fits in the palm of your hand and includes everything you need to make a discharge measurement. Get the package that includes the HydroBoardII Micro, and you’ll have everything you need for the fastest, high-quality measurement possible. The smallest and lightest complete ADCP solution for moving boat discharge measurement is available.

Fold the GNSS/antenna mast and pop the RS5 and board into the custom-designed backpack for easy transportation and minimal re-assembly between sites!

  • Overview

    This exciting new SonTek proprietary RS5 solution uses custom-designed dual-frequency and multi-constellation GNSS antennas, with the option for a Rover and Base configuration or a Rover antenna with NTRIP corrections. Other features include:

    • Supports constellations and frequencies GPS(L1ca/L2c), GLONASS(L1/L2), GALILEO(E1bc,E5b) and BEIDOU(B1i,B2i).
    • Provided boat track accuracy to 2cm.
    • Optional NTRIP or network RTK corrections directly through RSQ software.
    • It uses Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (type 18650), also conveniently used with the RS5 ADCP. RS5 RTK systems come standard with four batteries - two needed for operation and two spares.
    • Radio range of 250m, Rover-to-Base, line-of-sight.

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    Packed With All the Features, You Expect 

    As a member of SonTek’s RiverSurveyor® suite of instrumentation, the RS5 comes loaded with advanced data collection capabilities, high-precision data quality, and flexible deployment options customers have grown used to over the years. The RS5 is no exception - take a look and compare for yourself! 

    • SmartPulse+, an intelligent algorithm utilizing Pulse-coherent and Broadband acoustic profiling that adjusts based on conditions
    • 360º compass and two-axis tilt sensor
    • Reliable bottom tracking and velocity profiling through a wide range of conditions and shallower than before
    • Batteries and Bluetooth radio are housed in the RS5, so connecting to external electronics boxes is no need. Rely on an integrated, modern, high speed, and low power wireless Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5) radio, with a 100m range and a five-minute data buffer to prevent data loss and redundant work.
    • Vertical acoustic beam for superior channel definition for the most accurate channel cross-sectional area for discharge applications.

    RSQ: Visualize Discharge Data Like Never Before

    RSQ is a modern and user-friendly software interface. One measurement file includes all the data and metadata you need for each measurement—export data to formats for Excel, Matlab, and Google Earth. Do more with less time utilizing improved site templates. Experiment, learn or teach in the office or conference room as though you were in the field with the “demo” mode to playback recorded files simulating live data collection. Flexibility is key with RS5! 

    Now You Can:

    • Save Data on a PC, external drive, or network 
    • Customize File Naming 
    • Run and apply Extrap directly
    • Sub-section transects 
    • Process *.riv / *.rivr files from RSL 
    • Choose three-beam switching when there is a vertical bank interface 

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  • Specifications
    Specifications  
    Water Velocity Profiling
    Profiling Range

    0.1-6 m (*1)

    Velocity Range ±5 m/s
    Accuracy

    1% ±0.002 m/s

    Resolution 0.001 m/s

    Number of Cells

    Up to 128

    Cell Size

    2.5-30 cm

    Data Output Rate 1.0 Hz
    Bottom Tracking

    Depth Range 0.1-6 m (*1)
    Accuracy (*2) 1% ± 0.002 m/s
    Resolution

    0.001 m/s

    Depth Measurement
    Range 0.1-6.5 m (*1)
    Accuracy 1% ±0.005 m
    Sensors
    Temperature Sensors Resolution: ±0.01°C
    Accuracy: ±0.5°C
    Compass/Tilt Sensor Range: ±180° Pitch/Roll, 0-360° Heading
    Heading Accuracy: ±2°
    Pitch/Roll Accuracy: ±1°
    Transducers  
    Total Number Five, 3.0 Mhz
    Beam Angle

    25°

    Beam Width
    Bandwidth

    25%

    Battery Characteristics

    Input Voltage

    3.3-4.2 VDC

    Power Source - Li-Ion

    1x size 18650, Tenergy, Type 30016-04, 3.7Vdc, 2600mAh

    Battery Life - 1 x size 18650 Seven hours continuous use, typical settings (*3)
    Power Consumption

    1.0 W (Average)

    Dimensions 19.2 mm x 69.7 mm
    Communications
    Radio Protocol

    Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5)

    Range 100 m (*4)
    Bluetooth Compliance FCC Part 15, FCC ID: XPYNINAB30
    ISED Certification: 8595A-NINAB30
    Environmental
    Operation Temperature -5° to 45°C (23°F to 113°F)
    Storage Temperature 20° to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
    Storage with Battery Temperature (*5)  -20° to 45°C (-4°F to 113°F)
    RS5 Physical Properties

    Dimensions - HBII Micro 76 cm (30”) x 50 cm (20”) x 11cm (4.25”)
    Dimensions - RS5 Unit

    24 cm (9.5”) x 5 cm (2.2”)

    Weight in Air - RS5 Unit 0.45 kg (1.0 lbs)

    Weight in Water - RS5 Unit

    0.15 kg (0.33 lbs)

    Weight in Air - RS5/HBII Micro/Geode

    3.63 kg (8.0 lbs)

    Waterproof Rating IP67
    DGNSS

    Horizontal RMS SBAS (WAAS): <0.3 m (0.98 ft)
    2DRMS SBAS (WAAS): <0.6 m (1.96 ft)
    Frequency

    L1, Multi-GNSS


    *Additional notes
    1 Maximum range will vary with environmental conditions.
    2 Bottom velocity accuracy.
    3 Seven hours continuous use, typical settings.
    4 When using provided SonTek USB radio with antenna.
    5 Remove batteries from the RS5 if storage temperatures exceed the storage temperature of the Li-Ion battery.

  • Accessories

    RS5 Antenna

    2.4-GHz antenna (2 dBi)

    RS5 Battery Charger

    Battery Charger

    RS5 GNSS Antenna Interface Cable

    Antenna Interface Cable

    RS5 Power Supply

    Power Supply

    RS5 Bluetooth USB Radio

    Bluetooth USB Radio

    RS5 Rechargeable Battery

    Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

  • Software

    NOW INCLUDES STATIONARY MEASUREMENT AND RTK TRACK REFERENCE CAPABILITY!

    RSQ is a modern and user-friendly software interface. One measurement file includes all the data and metadata you need for each measurement. Export data to formats for Excel, Matlab, and Google Earth. Do more with less time utilizing improved site templates. Experiment, learn or teach in the office or conference room as though you were in the field with the “demo” mode to playback recorded files simulating live data collection. Flexibility is key with RS5!

    WITH RSQ YOU CAN:

    • Perform moving boat or stationary measurement from the same software!
    • Access local NTRIP corrections directly from the software (when RTK antenna is connected).
    • Save data on a PC, external drive or network.
    • Customize file naming.
    • Run and apply Extrap directly.
    • Sub-section transects.
    • Process *.riv/*rivr files from RSL and .sta files from RSSL.
    • Choose three-beam switching when there is vertical bank interference.

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  • Video

    Day in the Life of a Hydrographer, with Kevin Labbe

    Take a look at a day in the life of Application Engineer, Kevin Labbe as he helps researchers from the University of Georgia learn how to best use the SonTek RS5 ADCP, YSI's EXO2 multiparameter water quality sonde, and other instrumentation in the estuaries of Little St. Simons, Georgia.

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