Riverine Drifter

Real Time, Remote Measurement of River Parameters

RD_500pixQinetiQ North America’s Riverine Drifter is a low-cost, free-floating data collection buoy that travels with the river current to collect depth and temperature as a function of position. The Riverine Drifter provides near real-time insight into river conditions that might otherwise pose a challenge to tactical operations required to maneuver in an unknown environment.

The Riverine Drifter can be deployed by hand or dropped from an aircraft or UAV into a stream or river of interest. As the Riverine Drifter travels downstreaRD_Water_400pixm it gathers river current, depth and temperature and transmits the acquired data via Iridium Communication Satellite for up to 24 hours for analysis on any standard issue computer. Optionally, the Riverine Drifter can store the data internally for later retrieval. For single use applications the Riverine Drifter requires no operational maintenance giving it true “Launch and Leave” capability.


  • Enhances situational awareness
  • Assists with critical missions
  • Deployed by hand, low-flying aircraft or UAV
  • Free floating
  • GPS locator modem
  • Launch and leave capabilities
  • Remote data transmission
  • Can be reused for science and research applications

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