THURN Group is a UK-based manufacturer that specializes in technology development, integration, and the sales and service of highly engineered systems for the seabed and inland waterway survey industries.
Tony Mulligan started his small company in 2002. Thanks to investments from the Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, Advanced Ceramic Research (ACR) developed unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), such as the Silver Fox, that were eventually deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For centuries, ocean exploration was besieged by the legend of the Kraken, a merciless creature from the deep with an insatiable appetite for intrepid North Atlantic seafarers. In both lore and literature, the fabled sea monster would rise from the abyss to claim its bounty before retreating to its lair, a murky habitat found only at unfathomable depths.
Long-term ocean observations can be extremely costly and time-consuming. Typical data collection methods include large, manned platforms on or above the water that drive sensors to areas of interest. The operation and maintenance of a research vessel, with equipment and crew, traditionally have been a massive endeavor.