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Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

Kraken Robotics' OceanVision marine technology development project will move forward with conditional approval – and millions in funding – from Canada's Ocean Supercluster.The three-year, $20 million project is being spearheaded by Kraken subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems and is focused on the development of new technologies and products to enable an underwater robotics data acquisition and data analytics as a turnkey service solution for ultra-high definition seafloor imaging, mapping and analytics, including simultaneous acquisition of ocean environmental and marine habitat data.

Kraken President and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

US Navy to Evaluate Kraken's AquaPix MINSAS

The U.S. Navy will evaluate Kraken sensors for man-portable autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) under a recently awarded $900,000 contract.Canadian-based Kraken Robotics Inc. announced Monday that its subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Test Office, to participate in a Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program in support of a U.S. Navy Program of Record managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, EOD Program Office. The FCT is designed to test selected foreign technologies as evaluated by U.S. military operators, with a

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Kraken Tallies $2.1 Million KATFISH Order

Canadian based marine technolgy firm Kraken Robotics said its Kraken Robotic Systems subsidiary has received a purchase order from ThayerMahan, for a KATFISH 180 towfish system. The contract value is $2.1 million, and delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2019.ThayerMahan, a US-based company specializing in the design, integration, and operation of autonomous maritime systems, will deploy Kraken’s KATFISH 180 as part of its SeaScout expeditionary system for seabed mapping and intelligence.Kraken’s KATFISH 180 is an actively stabilized towfish with synthetic aperture sonar (SAS)

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Kraken Sets Up Unmanned Vehicles Facility

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. said it has established a new facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to field test and support its range of underwater robotic platforms and technologies.The new 4,000-square-foot Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Facility (UMVF) is located at the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), a marine technologies innovation hub.Kraken said its Handling Systems Group has already moved into the new location and will continue to build the firm’s Tentacle Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery Systems there. The facility will also be used

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Hydroid Appraised at CMMI V2.0 Maturity Level 3

Marine robotic systems manufacturer Hydroid, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced Thursday it was appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) V2.0.The appraisal was performed by JFR Consulting and included a comprehensive examination of Hydroid’s business and development processes for its autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and marine robotics products. Hydroid had been previously appraised in 2016 at Maturity Level 3 using the CMMI V1.3.“Always looking to optimize our business performance, we are pleased to have

L3 Technologies

Autonomy Advances: New Vessel Range

have access to vessels that can perform more remote and autonomous marine operations; including tracking multiple AUVs and real-time data harvesting in hard to access environments across defense, offshore and ocean science sectors,” said Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager – Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

technologies in ROV systems are driving us to reconsider how we crew offshore operations, enabling plans involving resident systems, and opening the option of keeping crews on the beach versus offshore.  Autonomous technologies are also enabling the adoption of subsea vehicles and marine robotic systems by a much broader user group: EOD technicians, Special Operations Forces, first responders, and ship husbandry service providers to name just a few.”But it’s not just autonomy in and of itself, rather how that autonomy is built into the bigger picture system, whether its and AUV

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OPT and Saab Seaeye Partner

Ocean energy solutions provider Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer Saab Seaeye Ltd, have entered a nonexclusive agreement to jointly develop and market solutions for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) charging and communications systems.“We see a strong potential in this cooperation, where Saab Seaeye’s market-leading underwater solutions become even more capable by the addition of OPT charging solutions for resident vehicle systems,” said Matt Bates, Head of Marketing & Sales at Saab

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
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Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

Kraken Robotics' wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems, has completed a series of successful sea tests of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system with Elbit Systems Ltd., a major international defense contractor based in Israel.Elbit Systems has developed a state-of-the-art Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) named “Seagull”. Seagull is a multi-mission USV platform boasting high autonomy levels and modular features, allowing it to be rapidly reconfigured for a wide array of missions – including anti-submarine warfare and mine countermeasures.“Elbit Systems&rsqu

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RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

and mines pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports, and when placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, they can be particularly difficult to access and defeat. Recognizing the inherent dangers present in the detection and inspection of WBIEDs, there is a critical need for robotic systems that can perform EOD tasks with the accuracy and speed of a naval diver."As with the majority of our robotic technologies, the goal of the DM2S is to keep humans out of harm’s way while performing dangerous tasks. DM2S provides Navy EOD personnel with the ability to address threats

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