Our oceans and deep-sea spaces remain a mystery – more people have walked on the moon than have journeyed to the bottom of the ocean.

Named for the mythical sea creature eulogized by Jules Verne, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is scoring commercial success by unlocking the secrets of our coastlines and oceans with leading-edge underwater imaging technology.

With the help of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Kraken has deftly combined its business and research strategies to be a market leader in underwater sensors and robotics. AquaPix® is an industry leading Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system that provides military-grade technology to enable superior 3D seabed imaging and mapping, faster data processing, and a lower cost than competing sonars.

Kraken, founded in 2012, is renowned for its role in finding the wreck of the Franklin Expedition in Nunavut in 2014 and 2015, and more recently for the hunt for the prototypes of the Avro Arrow in Lake Ontario. The company is landing international business and government contracts for strategic underwater mapping, environmental research, mining, oil and gas exploration, and salvage operations.

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