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FastGPS Argos Series

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The FastGPS F6 series are Argos linked FastGPS tags for a wide range of applications.

FastGPS is fast acquisition GPS technology designed for marine animals which only surface briefly. Raw locations and basic dive data are then relayed back to the researcher via the Argos satellite system.

Unique FastGPS technology enables a snapshot of GPS signals to be taken in a fraction of a second compared to conventional GPS which can take tens of seconds. FastGPS raw data is automatically post-processed and can be viewed and downloaded via a secure web portal.


  • DIVE data includes max. depth, dive time and TAD (Time At Depth) index.
  • Flexible scheduling for Argos transmit interval and FastGPS sample rates.
  • Haul-out mode
  • Optional Polyurethane armour for impact absorbtion and abrasion protection
  • Product Features

    • Rugged hydrodynamic package designs for depths up to 2000m with antenna abrasion protection
    • Wet/dry sensor with flexible scheduling and haul-out can significantly extend operating life
    • DIVE sensor data includes Max depth, dive time, time at depth index and summary data sent via Argos


  • Product Applications

    Ideal packaging for sharks, pinnipeds and marine turtles in situations where there is little or no chance of recapturing to recover the data.

  • Product Specifications

    Model Weight (g) Estimated Life [2] (days) Size (LxWxH)
      in air in water [1] Standard DIVE
    F6G 173A 51 <10.4 111 152 105 x 21 x 18 200 Yes Yes No
    F6F 176D 65 -1.6 157 216 96 x 19 x 80 1000 No No No
    F6G 276E 140 47.4 308 419 100 x 44 x 31 1000 Yes No No
    F6G 276F 148 46.6 308 419 101 x 44 x 32 2000 Yes No Yes
    F6G 376B 240 93.6 463 629 115 x 64 x 44 2000 Yes No Yes
    F6G 676B 520 112.5 926 1259 164 x 75 x 62 2000 Yes No Yes

    1. Assuming the density of seawater is 1024 kg/m^3
    2. Estimated life calculated with hourly FastGPS locations and a daily limit of 200 Argos transmissions.

    Technical specifications:
    Argos transmit power: 500mW
    Operating temperature range: – 20˚C to 50˚C

    Standard sensors:
    Wet/dry sensor
    Temperature sensor range: -40˚C to 60˚C
    Temperature sensor accuracy: ±0.2˚C
    Temperature sensor resolution: better than 0.05˚C

    DIVE sensors:
    Calibrated sensor range: -5˚C to 40˚C
    Depth sensor ranges: 200m, 500m, 2000m
    Depth sensor accuracy: ±1% of Full Scale
    Depth sensor resolution: ~0.025% of Full Scale

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