Valeport’s new rapidCTD uses automated wireless Bluetooth data transfer to deliver high quality CTD casts from underway profiling and eliminates the survey downtime normally associated with profile gathering.
Designed initially to operate autonomously with the Teledyne OceanScience rapidCAST automated underway profiling system, the new Valeport automated profiler offers SV casts without the requirement of an operator on deck and delivers near real time sound velocity profiling data. Primarily for use with deployment systems and targeted at the shallow water survey market, the rapidCTD can also be compatible with other winch systems.
The robust automated profiler, now available to order, includes a conductivity cell designed for optimum flow-through, a fast responsive thermistor sensor and a 0.01 percent accuracy pressure sensor, synchronously sampling at up to 32Hz to deliver the most accurate water measurements.
Bluetooth technology makes communicating with the rapidCTD fast and simple. Powered by a single C cell (1.5V Alkaline or 3.6V Lithium cell), the rapidCTD is fitted with a solid state, nonvolatile flash memory capable of storing over 10 million lines of data – equivalent to 5,000 profiles to 1,000m with a 1m profile resolution.
Kevin Edwards, Valeport sales and marketing manager commented, “Our new rapidCTD Profiler is an evolution of the Valeport fastCTD and rapidSV. It is a unique product in the marketplace and simply makes underway profiling work faster and more efficient, but with no compromise on the quality of the achievable data. It’s suited to the shallow water market, and like all our products it’s robust, manufactured to the highest standards using titanium for maximum durability. The rapidCTD is an exciting product and we’ll continue our commitment to develop innovative products to support hydrographic surveying with the introduction of further technology and parameters for the rapidCTD later this year.”
Valeport said it plans to further develop the rapidCTD by including an optional Fluorometer sensor and an enhanced, rechargeable battery later this year.