Kraken Robotics has secured a grant of up to $749,746 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support research and development of Kraken’s ThunderFish XL Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).
Kraken’s ThunderFish XL represents further development of the ThunderFish Alpha platform that was recently delivered to Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).
Kraken’s ThunderFish AUV is designed for ultra-high resolution seabed imaging and mapping applications. It can be used for a wide range of oceanographic and military tasks including underwater surveys, environmental monitoring, habitat mapping, marine archaeology, inspection of submerged structures, searching for downed aircraft and naval mine countermeasures.
ThunderFish carries an array of sensors and custom payload modules, including Kraken’s AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar.
ThunderFish XL will include additional sensors and features as compared to ThunderFish Alpha including Kraken’s Multispectral AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar, SeaVision RGB laser scanner and SeaThrust rim-driven thrusters allowing for hovering capabilities.