Argosphere Drifting Buoy


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METOCEAN designed the Argosphere to the specifications of the scientific community. Our buoy is a low-cost, easily deployed, expendable Langrangian drifter. We designed the 11-inch spherical buoys specifically to track oil floating on the water and to collect sea surface temperature. The buoy's position is calculated using a GPS receiver. Position accuracy of +/- 10 meters is normal. This position is then transmitted as part of the Argos message. As many as 18 previous positions can be transmitted. We designed our buoys for easy internal access, allowing the customer to replace the alkaline batteries when needed. Normal operating life for this buoy is 90 days. The Argos PTT is activated by removing a magnet located on the side of the hull.

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