Rugged Atomic Timekeeper

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-18-P-0299
Agency Tracking Number: F182-002-0336
Amount: $49,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-002
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-09-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-14
Small Business Information
3030 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO, 80301
DUNS: 800608643
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Evan Salim
 (303) 440-1284
Business Contact
 Ms. Lisa Pendergast
Phone: (303) 440-1284
Research Institution
ColdQuanta (CQ) seeks to develop, prototype, test, and operationally demonstrate a precise timing reference system for defense and commercial platforms in GPS-denied environments. Named the Rugged Atomic Timekeeper (RAT), our approach leverages laser cooling to improve upon chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC) systems, addressing fundamental limitations of CSACs for the GPS-denied operational environment. We will engineer these technologies into a single, easily installable package with SWaP suitable for deployment into air and ground platforms and interfaced via a common frequency reference output. The RAT will also serve as a field deployable alternative for civilian applications that currently rely on GPS for timekeeping, such as communication networks, transportation systems, power grid control, and the financial sector.

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