Precision navigation partnership looks to quantum sensing

July 13, 2020 //By Rich Pell
Precision navigation partnership looks to quantum sensing
Quantum control engineering startup Q-CTRL has announced a research and technology development partnership with Advanced Navigation, a leader in AI neural network-based inertial navigational systems.

In the partnership, says the company, it will provide expertise on quantum-enhanced sensing to Advanced Navigation’s ultra-precise, AI-based navigational technologies and robotics manufacturing. The two organizations will now be conducting joint technical development in support of both the civilian and defense markets focused on quantum-enhanced precision navigation and timing (PNT).

Quantum sensing, says the company, is considered one of the most promising areas in the global research effort to leverage the exotic properties of quantum physics for real-world benefit. It is expected to revolutionize PNT through an ability to detect very weak accelerations while maintaining accuracy over long times, thereby enabling highly precise navigation in commercial and military applications where GPS is unavailable.

Q-CTRL is a pioneer in the field of quantum control engineering, which applies the lessons of classical control engineering to stabilize quantum systems against disturbances in their environment - a critical component in bringing quantum sensing to market. The company provides quantum control solutions across all applications of quantum technology, and, it says, has a growing practice in quantum sensing for aerospace and defense.

"The team at Q-CTRL is thrilled to have entered a commercial engagement with Advanced Navigation," says Q-CTRL CEO and founder Prof. Michael J. Biercuk. "Our shared affinity for the role of control and machine learning in improving hardware performance make for a perfect match, and we're exceptionally excited to deploy our team's expertise in quantum sensing for production quantum-enhanced PNT systems."

Advanced Navigation builds ultra-precise, AI-based navigational technologies and robotics for sea, air, land and space across commercial and defense domains. The company has specialized expertise across a broad range of fields including optical and MEMS-based inertial sensors, GNSS, inertial navigation, RF technologies, acoustics, robotics, AI, and algorithms.

Chris Shaw co-CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation says, "We are excited to enter into a partnership with Q-CTRL, who has the world's largest and most capable specialist team of quantum control engineers. Combining our

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