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FastGPS Argos Series

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Sensor capable satellite transmitters

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.
Argos messages are automatically retrieved by a secure web server and stored in a secure cloud database. The 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
  • 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 F6F 176A F6G 276E F6G 276F F6G 376A F6G 676A
    Weight (g) 65 140 TBA 220 520
    Life [1] (days) 140 281 TBA TBA 845
    Size (LxWxH) (mm) 96 x 19 x 80 100 x 44 x 31 101 x 44 x 32 115 x 64 x 43.5 164 x 75 x 62
    Max depth (m) 1000 2000 2000 2000 2000
    Heavy duty No No Yes Yes Yes

    1. Estimated life calculated with hourly FastGPS locations and a daily limit of 200 Argos transmissions.

    Standard sensors:
    Wet/dry sensor

    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
    Temperature sensor range: -40˚C to 60˚C
    Temperature sensor accuracy: ±0.2˚C
    Temperature sensor resolution: better than 0.05˚C

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

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