BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 3, 2019 — ColdQuanta, the quantum atomics company, is pleased to announce that its newest Quantum Core atomic system, a core subsystem of Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL) next-generation Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), is part of the payload being delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA’s CRS 19 mission. CAL is a multiuser facility that enables scientists to perform quantum physics experiments and study fundamental laws of nature using ultracold quantum gases in microgravity. The new technology from ColdQuanta incorporates an atom interferometer, an ultra-precise quantum sensor with uses ranging from fundamental research in general relativity and earth science to future applications including GPS-free navigation.
“Over the past year, Cold Quanta has been awarded numerous projects from NASA and other U.S. government organizations that leverage our Quantum Core technology,” said Bo Ewald, CEO of ColdQuanta. “While the use cases are different, they all contribute to expanding the capabilities of our foundational technology and to significant advances toward the commercialization of quantum technology.”
“The Cold Atom Laboratory is a unique platform for studying quantum phenomena and potential applications of real-time quantum sensor technologies,” said Dana Anderson, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ColdQuanta. “Since it first arrived at the ISS in May 2018, the CAL has successfully demonstrated important milestones, including what JPL called ‘the coolest experiment in the universe’ when a Bose-Einstein condensate was produced in orbit for the first time. We are excited to see what new milestones will be achieved with this second generation.”
The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is currently targeted for Wednesday, Dec. 4.
ColdQuanta leads the market in commercializing quantum atomics, the next wave of the information age. The company’s Quantum Core technology uses ultra-cold atoms cooled to a temperature of nearly absolute zero using lasers to manipulate and control the atoms with extreme precision. Based on its Quantum Core technology, ColdQuanta manufactures components, instruments, and turnkey systems that address a broad spectrum of applications ranging from timekeeping and navigation to quantum computing, and from radiofrequency (RF) receivers to quantum communications systems. ColdQuanta’s global customers include major commercial and defense companies, all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense, national labs operated by the Department of Energy, NASA, and NIST, and major universities. ColdQuanta is based in Boulder, CO with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and Oxford, UK.