Argos GPS 500ml Tracked Plastic Water Bottle


Welcome to open source ocean plastic pollution tracking.

Our ready-to-deploy satellite tracked 500ml plastic water bottle was designed to mimic a typical everyday plastic item for National Geographic's Sea to Source Plastics Expedition. As it matches the shape and size of a standard plastic water bottle, it's possible to replicate the flow of surface plastics in comparison to a large, heavy ocean drifting buoy or similar object that moves differently in the water due to size, weight and drag. All PCB schematics, firmware and enclosure CAD files are freely available via Github to modify and customise the bottle if required.

An Argos airtime account is required to transmit GPS locations to the Argos satellite network. Register an account to get started. Visual dashboarding is available free of charge to follow and track your bottles via the CLS dashboard interface.

Additional information

Weight 240 g
Dimensions 20 × 6 × 24 cm

(1x) Horizon GPS, (1x) Argos ARTIC R2 Transmitter, (1x) cable assembly, (1x) microUSB cable


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On completion of the National Geographic Society’s Sea to Source Expedition, these bottles have been used to track ocean plastic pollution across the English Channel by the Zoological Society of London as part of their One Less campaign and were deployed at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, revealing the route and destination of plastic waste from beaches in Lisbon, Portugal to the open ocean.

Inside each bottle is an embedded Arribada Horizon GPS logger, Argos ARTIC R2 transmitter and a 6.5A lithium primary cell battery pack. The Horizon board utilises an nRF52840 that wakes to aquire GPS at a pre-determined interval based on deployment length / battery life. GPS locations are logged and saved to memory with the last GPS position transmitted via Argos to passing satellites.


Price excludes VAT. This product page will not include VAT at the time or purchase as it is intendend for international orders.

VAT @ 20% is applicable if purchasing within the UK. For international orders VAT is not applied and is payable on receipt based on the destination country’s VAT and import rates.

8 in stock


Open source Argos telemetry

Plug-and-play out of the box

We’ve embedded our Arribada Horizon GPS together with our Argos ARTIC R2 transmitter inside a 500ml plastic water bottle. The bottle is compatible with next generation Kineis ARGOS-4 satellites and the future Kineis constellation of nanosatellites.

Developer friendly

Configure and modify the bottle’s settings using our straight forward Python tools over Bluetooth 5.0.

Integrate into your custom solution

Integrate your own I2C sensors, such as water temperature, Ph or a custom feature. As the electronics are encapsulated, let us know if you’d like to access the I2C pad during assembly.

What will you make?

Develop your own custom satellite-enabled GPS logger

Mount the kit’s hardware inside your own enclosure and benefit from the Horizon board’s low idle current (37uA) for projects that require long-term GPS logging with satellite backhaul.



  • Bottle enclosure | 200mm x 65mm x 250mm inc antenna
  • Horizon GPS board | 56mm x 35mm
  • Horizon Argos ARTIC board | 35mm x 35mm


  • Insight SiP nRF52840
  • Argos ARTIC R2 transmitter with U.FL socket
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (for configuration)
  • uBlox GNSS NEO-M8N
  • J266 ceramic patch antenna
  • 6.5A Lithium primary call (non-rechargable)
  • 1 x I2C for surface mounted third party sensors on request
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, 9 Axis (BMX160)
  • Magnetic reed switch
  • Picoblade connectivity on request

Shipping Information, Lead Times & Import Taxes

Units in stock are shipped within 2 weeks internationally, as each bottle needs to be prepared, tested and encapsulated before delivery. We use UPS as our courier service.

The lead time to manufacture new boards is 4 – 6 weeks when out of stock.

For more information regarding shipping and lead times feel free to contact us.

The product is manufactured by the Arribada Initiative C.I.C, a UK Community Interest Company that is VAT registered, so UK VAT is added if you purchase within the UK. If purchasing abroad, VAT is not included with the purchase as you will pay local VAT based on the country you select to ship the kit to.

You are responsible for paying the importation taxes / duties associated with importing the product based on your delivery / shipping address.