British military developing a new system to navigate without using satellites, a ‘quantum compass,’ that could replace GPS. HMS Astute. credit wikimedia
Scientists at the National Physics Laboratory reveal new navigation system, ‘Quantum compass,’ that could one day be used in phones.
The new system using subatomic fluctuations to track location and can be embedded on small chips.
The new technology could be built in three to five years, and will be used to show submarine position.
Neil Stansfield from the UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down that is working on the project, said:
“Today, if a submarine goes a day without a GPS fix we’ll have a navigation drift of the order of a kilometer when it surfaces.
Quantum TNS [Time, Navigation and Sensing] technologies could bring game-changing advantages to the UK defense sector and support markets measured in billions of pounds, here in the UK and around the world.”