Dive Technologies has formally extended the partnership with Kraken Robotics to build a commercial autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for deep subsea cable and infrastructure inspections and geophysical surveys.
We couldn’t be more excited to build and deploy our DIVE-LD to our first commercial customer,” said Bill Lebo, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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.”
The commercial AUV, known as large displacement autonomous underwater vehicles (DIVE-LD), is being specially made for Kraken Robotics. The driving technology behind the DIVE-LD is the Dive Technologies AUV-Kit which is combined with Dive Technologies’ proprietary hull and structure manufacturing processes, leading to a different size and shape vehicle to satisfy a unique job, application, or mission, once the AUV-Kit is owned.
This process utilizes Large Format Additive Manufacturing (LFAM) techniques (the BAAM systems from Cincinnati Inc), provided by specialist Additive Engineering Solutions (AES). These capabilities bring complex designs to physical robust hull forms in less than 48 hours for an entire vehicle. Producing a custom AUV can be accomplished in under 4 weeks with this AUV-Kit.
“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 collecting data later this year,” says 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.”
Dive Technologies will deliver DIVE-LD to Kraken Robotics later this summer.