Kraken Awarded AquaPix Sonar Contract
ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — Kraken Sonar Inc. announced in a June 5 release that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over $400,000 by a leading European defense contractor.
Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the customer’s autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in the third quarter.
AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of unmanned maritime vehicles.
“We are very pleased with this repeat contract award from a long-standing customer, said Karl Kenny, Kraken president and chief executive officer. “AquaPix is an industry leading sonar system providing military grade technology that enables superior 3-D seabed imaging, faster data processing and a lower cost than competing sonars.”
Conventional side-scan systems are limited in that they only provide high resolution imagery at short ranges. AquaPix produces ultra-high-resolution seabed imagery at long ranges. The additional information provided by AquaPix delivers detection and identification capabilities that cannot be achieved with conventional side-scan sonar.
While AquaPix can provide three-centimeter resolution at ranges up to 300 meters per side, the resolution of even the best side-scan sonars is 1 meter or greater at these ranges. Higher resolution allows AquaPix to provide useable area coverage rates up to 10 times better that of conventional side-scan, which reduces mission time and provides faster actionable intelligence.
AquaPix also generates highly accurate 3-D bathymetry data that is registered and geo-referenced to the same pixel grid coordinates as the imagery. Operators can simultaneously produce crisp seabed imagery and detailed 3-D digital terrain maps of seafloor topography that exceed IHO SP-44 survey standards. The capability of generating centimeter-scale resolution in all three spatial domains also provides significant performance improvements in the detection, classification and identification of small seabed objects.