Platforms supply sensors with power, read data from the sensors, send the data to, and retrieve desired state of sensors and actuators from the data processing system.

Mobile platforms such as USV are also used to deliver sensors to the data collection sites.


GeoNeuron is a rugged solar-powered stationary sensor platform that uses Iridium satellite short burst data (SBD) service for communication.

Stationary Platform
Dimensions: 1 x 1.5 x 0.5 ft.
Required Solar Panels: 100 Watt
Battery: Lithium-ion, 250 Watt-hours

Sail Propulsion Laboratory (SPL)

Sail Propulsion Laboratory is a prototyping platform for testing solar and wind powered autonomous boats.

The USV will be used for The Salton Sea water quality monitoring.

Sail Propulsion Laboratory
Length Overall:  8 ft.
Beam Width: 4.5 ft.
Draft: 1 ft.
Displacement: 100 lbs
Wingsail Area: 9 ft²
Solar Panels: 2 x 100 watts, 14 ft² (1.3 m²)
Electric Engine: 135 watts max power, 5.2 lbf thrust 
Cruising Speed: 2 knots

USV Raider 2

Raider 2 is an ultralight solar and wind powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for oceangoing missions.

ArduPilot based autopilot supports waipoints guidance, sensor based guidance, and station keeping. It is equipped with Iridium satellite short burst data (SBD) transceiver for long-range and cellular data modem for close to shore communications.

The USV can accomodate up to 30 lbs. of custom, mission-dependent load.

USV Raider 2
Displacement: 120 lbs.
Length Overall: 8.75 ft.
Beam Width: 2.5 ft.
Draft: 2 ft.
Disassembled Dimensions: 9 x 2.5 x 1.5 ft.
Wing Sail Area: 9 ft.² (1.5 x 6 ft.)
Solar Panels: 2 x 100 Watt
Battery: Lithium-ion, 500 Watt-hours
Engine Max Power: 130 Watts
Top Speed Under Engine: 3.5 Knots
Cruise Speed Under Engine: 2 Knots