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Multi-spectral synthetic aperture sonar and 3D laser imager key to underwater AUV

15 Jun 2021

Undersea cable inspection system developed by partnership of Dive Technologies and Kraken Robotics to start work later this year.

Dive Technologies has announced that this manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles for commercial and defense data collection has formally extended its partnership with Kraken Robotics to develop a commercial autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for deep subsea cable and infrastructure inspections and geophysical surveys.

Specially built for Kraken Robotics, the commercial AUV, called the DIVE-LD, will be outfitted with a survey sensor suite to augment Kraken’s existing fleet in Canada with a long-range, deep-sea survey capability. The DIVE-LD will be delivered to Kraken Robotics later in the summer of 2021.

‘Next generation of subsea technologies‘

Bill Lebo, Co-Founder and CEO at Dive Technologies, commented, “Kraken Robotics and Dive Technologies share the same vision for subsea exploration. Our AUV joining Kraken’s fleet is a testament to our joint pursuit of creating next generation subsea technologies with the range and capabilities necessary to address new subsea markets and deliver meaningful survey and inspection data to a myriad of commercial customers.”

Greg Reid, Chief Operating Officer at Kraken Robotics, added, “We’re excited to get the vehicle into the ocean and collecting data later this year. Dive’s ability to rapidly integrate and configure their AUV to meet our needs with technologies such as a Multi-Spectral Synthetic Aperture Sonar and SeaVision 3D Laser imager speaks volumes to the flexibility of their architecture.”

Founded in 2018, Dive Technologies designs, develops, and deploys autonomous underwater vehicles for large-scale commercial and defense data collection. Dive is building scalable AUV platforms that combine purpose-driven technology with an intuitive architecture to help customers rapidly and efficiently collect subsea data.

Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries and thrusters, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in Newfoundland with offices in Canada, U.S., Germany, Denmark, and Brazil. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter.

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