Payload Recovery Device

Animal and telemetry data are priceless but recovering that data can be challenging. The Payload Recovery Device is the best way to recover your data with minimal effort and disturbance to the animal. Designed for pinnipeds, the Payload Recovery Device can survive onshore abuse and depths up to 2,000 meters. There are many ways to find the device including Argos locations, a strobe light, or a UHF beacon. The Payload Recovery Device can be used multiple times so the same valuable payload can be used again right away. The Payload Recovery Device is the only commercially available release system suitable for deployments on seals, sea lions, and fur seals. As a bonus, there are no shipping restrictions with the Payload Recovery Device unlike other squib-style release mechanisms.



  • Remote release—radio triggered release from over 200 meters.
  • On-demand—researcher initiates the release.
  • Rugged—can withstand the abuse of large animals on the rookery.
  • Multi-use—field refurbishment allows for multiple deployments.
  • Recovery aids—Argos locations, UHF radio beacon, and strobe light.
  • Generic payload platform—any device can be carried, limited only by size.
  • Pressure rated—can survive up to 2,000 meters.
  • Shippable—no shipping restrictions.


Below are the physical specifications of the Payload Recovery Device.

Animal AttachmentEpoxy, glue, or other adhesive
Payload AttachmentEpoxy, glue, or other adhesive
Wet/Dry SensorYes
Dimension (no payload)(LxWxH)117 mm x 88 mm x 29 mm
Weight In Air (no payload)327 grams
Payload Platform105 mm x 67 mm
Pressure Rating2,000 m
Operating Temperature Range-20° C to 50° C
Operating LifeYears—duration depends on device settings
Conductivity Operational Limits0.1 to 5 S/m
Transmitter Frequency401.678 MHz
Transmitter Power Output500 mW
Receiver sensitivity-97 dBm
Recovery BeaconYes
Recovery StrobeYes
Shipping RestrictionsNone
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