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Clyde Space announces satellite partnership with Teledyne e2v

Clyde Space, a manufacturer of miniature satellites, has announced a partnership with conglomerate Teledyne e2v to deliver what it says is a world-first in satellite technology.

With a high-tech solution provided by Clyde Space, the project team led by Teledyne e2v working with research partner the University of Birmingham, is using quantum technology to provide a state-of-the-art technical solution capable of creating ultra-sensitive ‘cold atoms’ in space.

Applications based on this technology could include more accurate monitoring of changes in polar ice mass, ocean currents and sea level, the ability to monitor underground water resources and discover new underground natural resource deposits which are currently not detectable. The technology will also be used for deep space navigation and for providing higher precision timing sources in space.

Laboratory experiments have shown cold atoms can be used as ultra-sensitive sensors capable of mapping tiny changes in the strength of gravity across the earth’s surface.

That will now be replicated in space through the Clyde Space-Teledyne e2v partnership with the Cold Atom Space Payload (CASPA) mission, the world’s first free-flying on-orbit demonstration for cold atom based science missions. It paves the way for cold atom instruments to be used in space.

Commenting Craig Clark, Clyde Space CEO, said in conjunction with Teledyne e2v: “We will create a new wave of space applications. Pioneering innovative solutions is at the core of everything we do and we are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible with small spacecraft, as are Teledyne e2v with quantum technology."

The technology is based on new developments in quantum technology which have resulted in the ability to cool atoms close to absolute zero making the cold atoms ultra-sensitive and capable of mapping tiny changes in the strength of gravity across the surface of the earth.

According to Trevor Cross, ‎Group Chief Technology Officer at Teledyne e2v, “Quantum technology is giving us new abilities in a wide range of markets and applications.

“Our partnership with Clyde Space is representative of the collaboration required to commercialise the technology and really maximise the benefits of Quantum in industry.”

Neil Tyler

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