The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s research and development (R&D) performance, has awarded Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. a non‐refundable financial contribution of $745,950, which will help support the development of Kraken’s ThunderFish AUV program.
According to Kraken, the 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 metre depth rated AUV.”
“This funding will help maintain the excellent momentum we have been building over the past two years in underwater robotics,” says Kraken President and CEO Karl Kenny
“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. We look forward to continuing to develop advanced marine technologies and products to meet the ever-evolving demands of our growing customer base.”
Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. is a subsidiary of Kraken Sonar Inc., which is a marine technology company that was founded in 2012. Headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Kraken Sonar Inc. produces and sells software‐centric sensors and next‐generation underwater robotic systems.
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