Kraken Receives $745,000 for Underwater Robotics
ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — Kraken Sonar Inc. announced in a May 15 release that its wholly owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a nonrefundable financial contribution of $745,950 by the Research & Development Corp. (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The funding will support development of Kraken’s ThunderFish Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) program. The ThunderFish program will combine smart sonar, laser and optical sensors, advanced pressure tolerant battery and thruster technologies and cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms integrated onboard a cost-effective, 6,000-meter-depth-rated AUV.
“We are very grateful to RDC for their support of our efforts and appreciate their thorough review of our development program,” said Karl Kenny, president and chief executive officer of Kraken said. “This funding will help maintain the excellent momentum we have been building over the past two years in underwater robotics.
“Technological innovations in sensors, high performance computing and robotics now enable next generation underwater vehicles that are highly autonomous, cost effective, light weight and easier to operate,” Kenny said. “We look forward to continuing to develop advanced marine technologies and products to meet the ever-evolving demands of our growing customer base.”