Payload Recovery Device Product Information

Animal and telemetry data are priceless but recovering that data can be challenging. A payload recovery device is the best way to recover your data with minimal effort and disturbance to the animal. Designed for pinnipeds, the PRD-RP (Payload Recovery Device-Remote Pinniped) 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 PRD-RP can be used multiple times so the same valuable payload can be used again right away. The PRD-RP 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 device, unlike other squib-style release mechanisms.


Key Benefits of the PRD-RP

    • Remote release—radio triggered release from over 200 meters.
    • On-demand—the 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.

User Guide/Software

PRD-RP (Payload Recovery Device-Remote Pinniped) User Guide

This user guide gives you all the essential information needed for interacting with, configuring, and deploying this device.

RRC (Remote Release Controller) User Guide

This user guide gives you all the essential information needed for interacting with and configuring the remote controller. The remote controller works to release the PRD-RP from the animal.

64-bit USB Driver 18-Dec-2017

Driver for the Wildlife Computers USB-Blue communications cable. A 32-bit version is available on our Downloads page.

Tag Agent

Administer settings to your tag.


Below are the physical specifications of the PRD-RP.

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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