Quantum Communications Project
The Quantum Communications Project at NASA’s Glenn Research Center is a Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) project actively involved in optical quantum science, technology development, and experimentation for space-based applications.
Glenn’s quantum communications efforts have been driven by studying quantum optical communication technologies and architectures for enabling space-based quantum networks. Space-based quantum networks are key for long distance communications, as the optical fiber-based solutions used on Earth would be infeasible to use over the large distances, such as intercontinental or trans-oceanic distances. In support of creating a space-based application of quantum technology, researchers have been working to reduce the size, weight, and power of quantum devices without sacrificing performance.
NASA’s Quantum Metrology Laboratory
NASA’s Glenn Research Center is home to the NASA Quantum Metrology Laboratory (NQML) where quantum scientists work on the verification and validation of quantum hardware and network models for space-based applications. GRC researchers characterize state-of-the-art quantum devices in the NQML and feed that performance information into network models.
GRC has collaborated with industry to develop a high-intensity entanglement source, which has allowed components to shrink from full optics-table-sized systems to packages that fit in the palm of your hand.
Watch this video to learn more about the quantum work conducted at NASA.