Combined iridium beacon and data relay
Whether as a main communication system or as a fail-safe backup, the Apollo Relay provides 2-way communications to your autonomous surface vehicle.
Xeos Marine Relays are versatile, ruggedized data transmission platforms for command and control of all your remote sensors and autonomous vehicles. Quickly and easily integrated with your data collection device or vehicle, Xeos Relays enable global data transmission in marine environments. Utilizing Iridium Short Burst Data communication, the Xeos Relays transmit data as email or over IP.
The Apollo Relay, a sister-product to the Apollo, is a submersible (to 7,500m) titanium beacon with RS-232 communication built in. It retains its function as an asset recovery beacon, but also serves as a serial relay to an underwater vehicle or platform. While at the surface, the Apollo Relay acquires its position via GPS and passes the coordinates into the vehicle over RS-232. This gives the vehicle valuable information when it surfaces that can impact mission decisions. It also reports this GPS information over the Iridium network to the end-user in real time – as a normal beacon does. Once this information is received, the operator can then send commands to the Apollo Relay that can be anything from changing the flash rate on the beacon itself, to new mission activities for the vehicle. It gives the user the ability to communicate with a vehicle or platform remotely.
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