N.L. com­pany help­ing to lo­cate Avro-Ar­row ar­ti­facts

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Later this month, Kraken Sonar Inc. will de­ploy its equip­ment in Lake On­tario to take part in a search for long-lost pieces of Cana­dian avi­a­tion his­tory.

The New­found­land-based com­pany was awarded its first ro­bot­ics-as-a-ser­vice con­tract by OEX Re­cov­ery Group Inc. to help lo­cate up to nine oneeighth-scale mod­els of the Avro Ar­row air­craft that were launched in a se­ries of tests be­tween 1954 and 1957.

The mod­els, mea­sur­ing three me­tres in length and with a wing­span of two me­tres, were part of the fi­nal flight tests prior to the pro­duc­tion of the CF-105 Ar­row.

When the pro­gram was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously scrapped in 1959, all ma­te­ri­als re­lated to it were de­stroyed, in­clud­ing six of the air­craft al­ready com­pleted. The only known ar­ti­facts from the pro­gram are the test mod­els that are rest­ing some­where at the bot­tom of Lake On­tario.

The search will use Kraken’s Thun­der­Fish Au­ton­o­mous Un­der­wa­ter Ve­hi­cle (UAV) and the com­pany’s Aquapix Syn­thetic Aper­ture Sonar (SAS) sys­tem, which was also used dur­ing the suc­cess­ful hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships, which re­sulted in the dis­cov­ery of the HMS Erebus in the fall of 2014.

“Lever­ag­ing what we’ve learned from that ex­pe­ri­ence, I can say with con­fi­dence that we have the right peo­ple us­ing the right tech­nol­ogy for this ex­pe­di­tion,” David Shea, Kraken vi­cepres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing, stated in a news re­lease.

When found, the mod­els will be re­cov­ered and housed at the Cana­dian Avi­a­tion and Space Mu­seum in Ot­tawa and the Na­tional Air Force Mu­seum in Tren­ton, Ont.

The search and re­cov­ery pro­gram is a Canada 150 col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort spear­headed by Osisko group com­pa­nies in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its many fi­nan­cial part­ners and var­i­ous groups and agen­cies.

“I can’t think of a bet­ter ex­am­ple of how ad­vanced Cana­dian ocean tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used to search and find ad­vanced Cana­dian aerospace tech­nol­ogy,” Kraken CEO and pres­i­dent Karl Kenny stated in the re­lease. “This ex­pe­di­tion is sure to be nos­tal­gic for the count­less fans of the Avro Ar­row, which be­came a sym­bol of world-class Cana­dian tech­nol­ogy.”

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