Quantum sensor for a future navigation system tested aboard Royal Navy ship

The quantum sensor was tested within a shipping container on the XV Patrick Blackett. Credit: Thomas Angus, Imperial College London

A prototype quantum sensor with potential applications in GPS-free navigation, developed at Imperial College London, has been tested in collaboration with the Royal Navy.

The test marks an important step in bringing new quantum technologies out of the lab and into real-world settings.
Many navigation systems today rely on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as GPS, which uses signals from satellites orbiting the Earth. However, GPS navigation is not always accessible, obstacles like tall buildings can easily block the …

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