NASA Uses ColdQuanta’s Quantum Computing Tech for ISS-Based ‘Cold Atom’ Lab


ColdQuanta has unveiled a quantum computer offering based on the company's Quantum Core technology that currently serves as part of the NASA Cold Atom Laboratory housed within the International Space Station.

The ColdQuanta offering joins other quantum systems at the lab including gyroscopes, atomic clocks and other research items, ColdQuanta said Wednesday.

In April, ColdQuanta entered into a $7.4M agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to build scalable quantum computing software and hardware based on the company's approach of using ultracold matter or atoms cooled below absolute zero.

ColdQuanta expects the Quantum Core tool to support applications such as communications, signal processing and global positioning.

Bob Sorensen, chief analyst for quantum computing at Hyperion Research, said the Quantum Core technology opens up possibilities in qubit performance, reconfigurable interconnect and full-stack quantum hardware options.

Bo Ewald, CEO of ColdQuanta, noted that the company has gained significant experience providing Quantum Core-based technologies founded on the company's “cold atom quantum computing“ approach.

ColdQuanta's announcement was made days after the company raised $32M during a recent Series A funding round.

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