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Our Vision is Sound™

R2Sonic was founded in February 2006 by three veteran underwater acoustical engineers; Jens R. Steenstrup, Mark Chun and Kirk Hobart.  They had the mission to leverage their experience to democratize the multibeam echosounder, making it more accessible to public and private companies, by making it smaller, lighter while providing more accurate data.

R2Sonic brings pioneering values to the industry. From the beginning, Jens, Mark and Kirk understood that in order to be successful in the dynamic multibeam sonar market, they needed to deliver truly innovative products at compelling value and quality. The Sonic™ Series of broadband/wideband multibeam echosounders represent that innovative spirit with disruptive technology that provides superior performance and flexibility in a reliable, light weight, power efficient, and space saving package through a business model radically different from the industry norm.

The facilities are located in Austin, Texas, close to The University of Texas at Austin.  The laboratories are well equipped with modern instrumentation and software tools necessary for the efficient modeling, development and test of underwater acoustical equipment.

Walk the Talk

We make decisions with our customers in mind.

Ethical Sourcing & Supply Chain

We rely on quality parts and reliable vendors.  We prioritize partners who share our values and principles for customer service, high-quality engineering and ethics.  Usually this means sourcing out of North America and Europe.

Personalized Tech Support

We’re available 24/7/365 if you have technical questions.  You can contact our Chief Hydrographic Engineer, who has 40+ years of experience as surveyor all around the world.  He’s come across almost every problem, and if he hasn’t, his deep knowledge in hydrographic survey will help him find the answer to your problem.  You’re guaranteed a response to your technical question.

Comprehensive Training

We offer hands-on and theory training anytime to make sure you are 100% comfortable operating the multibeam echosounder and you extract the optimum quality survey.

Responsive RMA

We understand that downtime is disrupting to your activity.  We commit to fast turnaround and high quality repair and maintenance programs.


Committed to advancing science and technology


At R2Sonic, we know the criticality of understanding our rivers, oceans and waterways. We are dedicated to not just designing and making the best MBES, we are dedicated to finding data, collecting data, and sharing data so all of us can learn more about the vastly uncharted underwater terrain upon which we all rely.


These are just a few ways that speak to R2Sonic commitment to advance science and technology:

  1. We share our data in the name of innovation.
  2. We loan our MBES to universities and researchers engaged in groundbreaking new projects.
  3. R2Sonic is a Gold Sponsor of the GeoHab conference. We also sponsor Ph.D. students who want to participate at GeoHab.


R2Sonic doesn’t just build the best multibeam sonars, we are dedicated to finding new capabilities, sharing new ideas, working and learning together to understand our planet. 


We remain committed to supporting the scientific community by continuing to revolutionize the industry of underwater mapping with breakthrough solutions. 


If you’re interested in multibeam echosounder data for your research, please let us know. Send us an email at or contact us. We’re happy to help!

Fun Project

Science meets art: mapping the Mississippi river with a Sonic™ 2020

Meet Phil & Tommy

Phillip Mendoza

Tommy Gilbert

R2Sonic Multibeam Echosounders

We offer a simplified portfolio of four multibeam echosounders, all with wideband selectable operating frequencies. What sets R2Sonic apart is the ability to customize each sonar with any of our suite of revolutionary technical modes. You can add any of these options to any multibeam sonar at any time. You can upgrade remotely from wherever you are, whenever you need.

captain and crew operating a multibeam echosounder on bridge of ship
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