(NationalDefenseMagazine) The Air Force Research Laboratory is making investments in new precision, navigation and timing technology, the lab’s commander said April 22.
AFRL is partnering across the services and with allied partners for demonstrations of its various PNT systems such as quantum clocks, inertial devices, radio frequency sensors and magnetometers, said Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle.
While quantum clock technology already exists, the lab’s engineers and scientists are working to reduce the size, weight and power of the systems, she said.
AFRL is “leading” in space clock research-and-development work, according to Pringle’s slides.
The oganization is working on several research areas including secure communications, precision timing, precision navigation and quantum computing. AFRL allocated about $150 million from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2025 for the research areas.