The SA company behind some of the world’s most precise clocks has secured $1m to fast-track a new atomic clock designed for space.
Adelaide technology company QuantX Labs has secured $1m in funding to accelerate development of a new atomic clock designed to provide the most precise timing for satellites in space.
The funding from SmartSat CRC, will go towards commercialisation of the compact space clock, which is being developed in partnership with the University of Adelaide.
High precision timing is critical to global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, and QuantX’s clock is designed to be cheaper, smaller and more precise than those currently used in GNSS satellites.
The system uses high-precision lasers to interrogate rubidium vapour held in glass cells.