YSI rQPOD Remote Surface Water Vehicle

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Cost-effective, Flexible, and Innovative Surveying Tool

Collect water quality, discharge, hydrographic, and even side scan sonar data all from one vehicle! The rQPOD platform of remote surface vehicle systems offers water professionals the ability to run today’s top sensors simultaneously for integrated, spatially, and temporally-aligned data sets.

Product Features
  • Collect more spatial and temporal data in a single mission than ever before
  • Ultimate flexibility in sensor payload for water quality, bathymetry, discharge, and more
  • Lightweight design for single-person transport and deployment
  • Easy on-site setup that’s ready to run in 15 minutes or less
  • Marine-grade components for operation in tough environments

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.


YSI offers water professionals 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 for the rQPOD:

  • TBX
  • TB
  • DUO

The TBX is designed for the SonTek RS5 ADCP, providing it a small, portable platform, ideal for carrying from location to location.

The standard TB is designed to work with 1 sensor such as the SonTek M9 ADCP HydroSurveyor or any YSI EXO Sonde.

The DUO can carry both the SonTek M9 ADCP and any YSI EXO simultaneously, combining hydrographic and water quality analyses into one platform.

How to setup the rQPOD

Getting set up with rQPOD is easy. Our vehicle expert Shawn Sneddon walks through the steps from arriving at your site to starting your mission. The rQPOD is a modular remote controlled survey boat that can help you collect water quality, discharge, hydrographic, and even side scan sonar data. Run industry-leading sensors simultaneously for integrated, spatially, and temporally-aligned data sets. The rQPOD can be customized for your project with multiple board and sensor options to choose...




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