June 11, 2021

DiveTech400x275Dive Technologies has announced it extended their partnership with Kraken Robotics to build a commercial autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for deep subsea cable and infrastructure inspections and geophysical surveys. Specially built for Kraken Robotics, the DIVE-LD will be outfitted with a unique survey sensor suite to augment Kraken’s existing fleet in Canada with a long-range, deep-sea survey capability. The DIVE-LD is expected to be delivered to Kraken later this summer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to build and deploy our DIVD-LD to our first commercial customer,” said Bill Lebo, co-founder and CEO at Dive Technologies. “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.

Founded in 2018, Dive Technologies designs, develops, and deploys premier autonomous underwater vehicles for large-scale commercial and defense data collection. Based in Newfoundland, Kraken Robotics develops the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries and thrusters, and underwater robotic systems.

“Working together with Dive Technologies on this build and custom sensor suite has been an amazing experience and we’re excited to get the vehicle into the ocean and collect data later this year,” said Greg Reid, chief operating officer at Kraken Robotics. “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 is incredible and speaks volumes to the flexibility of their architecture.”

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