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Water Sampling Drone

This alternative sampling system is a response to the need to monitor bodies of surface water which are difficult or dangerous to reach using conventional means. The system limits customer costs and operator risks.

Wa.Sa.Dro. is an automatic surface water sampling system based on the Arduino micro-controller and which can be transported by any multi-rotor with a minimum payload of approximately 1.5 kg.

The system enables the management of several samples during a single mission. The multiparameter probe enables the easy acquisition of water quality data at each sampling point. Water samples are stored in special test tubes so that they can be used for successive laboratory chemical-biological analyses.

The system is equipped with a GPS that is independent from the drone's control GPS, to guarantee sampling replicability and data geo-referencing. Acquired coordinates and data are stored on a micro SD and sent via radio to a computer on the ground.

The entire system can be customised according to specific needs.

The case which contains the electronics is 3d printed using a carbon reinforced nylon filament, designed and constructed by the Ravenna-based company CarbonLine.

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