ARGOS Horizon GPS Dev Board

Founding developers Alasdair Davies and Amy Brooks

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Founding developers Alasdair Davies and Amy Brooks

The device was developed by the Arribada Initiative and the Zoological Society of London to unlock access to low-cost open source bio-logging technology, where Alasdair Davies was the main coordinator with the goal to design, develop and produce open hardware to be used in animal conservation as part of his Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship.

Horizon is an open source plug-and-play solution to develop or deploy your own satellite telemetry solution.


The ARGOS Horizon GPS Dev Board includes GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, a 9-axis accelerometer, 3G cellular. It connects to the ARGOS satellite. It is a GPS logger and an ARGOS satellite communication control board. It is programmable over USB to configure GPS and ARGOS transmitter settings.

The Dev Board connects easily to the ARGOS Horizon Module (containing the ARGOS ARTIC R2 satellite transmitter). Using the picoblade cable gets you up and running quickly. It is compatible with the next generation ARGOS-4 satellites and the future KINEIS constellation of nanosatellites.

Power should come from a 3.7V lithium-ion or lithium polymer battery with a standard JST header (NOT included). 

Developer friendly

You can easily configure and modify settings over USB using straight forward Python tools, or use the built-in Bluetooth 5.0 to communicate with the tag wirelessly.


Message in a bottle is a collaborative experiment between the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth, #OneLess, OneOcean and the Zoological Society of London tracking the movement of plastic bottles in the ocean using the Horizon ARTIC R2 Developer’s Kit.


  • 1x ARGOS Horizon GPS Dev Board (PCB)

  • 1x picoblade cable to connect to the ARGOS Horizon Module

  • 1x Micro USB cable


  • Dimensions: 56mm x 35mm
  • Weight: 18.8 grams

  • Insight SiP nRF52840
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • uBlox GNSS NEO-M8N
  • J266 ceramic patch antenna
  • Li-ion / LiPo charging
  • 1 x USB2 for configuration / log access
  • 1 x I2C for surface mounted third party sensors (i.e temperature)
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, 9 Axis (BMX160)
  • Salt water switch
  • Magnetic reed switch
  • Picoblade connectivity


Emily M. Duncan, Alasdair Davies,Amy Brooks,Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury,Brendan J. Godley, Jenna Jambeck, Taylor Maddalene, Imogen Napper, Sarah E. Nelms, Craig Rackstraw and Heather Koldewey (2020) Message in a bottle: Open source technology to track the movement of plastic pollution. ncbi

 Documentation Source Code 

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