August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Kraken Sonar System

Posted by Irina Tabakina

113 Terminal Road   
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland/Labrador    Canada A1X7B5
T: 7097435220   
E: [email protected]   
CEO/President: Karl Kenny   
No. of Employees: 20 

Kraken Sonar Inc. is a marine technology company engaged in the design, development and marketing of advanced sonar and acoustic velocity sensors for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles used in military and commercial applications. It is recognized as an innovator of Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) – an underwater imaging technology designed to dramatically improve seabed surveys by providing ultra-high resolution imagery at superior coverage rates.
Kraken’s series of SAS products called AquaPix leverages nearly two decades of R&D conducted by NATO’s Undersea Research Center and millions of dollars in funding support from NATO government sponsors.
Kraken is currently engaged in various stages of technology validation and teaming agreements with leading laboratories and strategic industry partners including Defense Research and Development Canada, U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); the UK Ministry of Defense; Northrop Grumman; ECA Robotics and others. Kraken is located in beautiful, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland.
Kraken’s AquaPix is an advanced, ultra-high resolution Interferometric SAS (InSAS) with 3D bathymetric capabilities, primarily designed for use onboard UUVs and Tow Bodies. It is capable of providing detailed images with an along-track/across-track resolution better than 3cm out to a range of 300m from each side of an underwater vehicle (600m swath). It can also produce bathymetric data with a resolution better than 25cm out to full range while delivering very high depth accuracy, in compliance with IHO S44 special order requirements.
In parallel with the hardware design, senior sonar scientists at Kraken have developed a complete software package for InSAS imaging called INSIGHT (INterferometric SasImaging Georeferenced High-fidelity Toolbox).
The first system was successfully integrated and deployed onboard DRDC’s Arctic Explorer AUV in Halifax, Nova Scotia in August, 2012. All of the InSAS software processing was performed by Kraken’s INSIGHT toolbox.


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