An increasing number of Quantum Technology commercialisation funding programmes are emerging, whose aim it is to bring novel quantum technology products to market. Consumer products based on quantum physics effects are not new and are, in fact, ubiquitous.
The scientific and technological legacy of the 20th century includes milestones such as quantum mechanics and pioneering space missions. Both endeavours have opened new avenues for the furthering of our understanding of Nature, and are true landmarks of modern science. Quantum theory and space science form building blocks of a powerful research framework for exploring the boundaries of modern physics through the unique working conditions offered by experimental tests performed in space.
Space-based sources of entangled photons promise the formation of global quantum communication networks, long-distance tests of quantum theory and the interplay between relativity and quantum entanglement.
Long free-fall times enable high-precision tests of general relativity and tests of the equivalence principle for quantum systems.
Harnessing microgravity, high vacuum and low temperature of deep space promises allowing the study of deviations from standard quantum theory for high-mass test particles. Space-based experiments of metrology and sensing will push the precision of clocks, mass detectors and transducers towards the engineering of novel quantum technologies.
Such an exciting framework is what “Quantum Technologies in Space (QTSpace)” aims at providing. QTSpace will embody a visionary opportunity for furthering the comprehension of fundamental mechanisms of physics in an entirely new context.
European industry White Paper
The European industry has prepared a White Paper to support the development of the Quantum Communication Infrastructure (QCI) that would in a first stage secure government and critical infrastructure communication across the European Union, and in a second stage prepare the connection of quantum computers and sensors in a full Quantum Information Network. Here you can download the document.
Latest News and Activities
23-26 March 2020
The workshop The Quantum and the Cosmos will bring together experts in quantum mechanics, cosmology and quantum gravity, to discuss questions like: Does gravity need to be quantum? What are the possible routes to quantum gravity? What are the possible quantum effects in cosmology? Does quantum gravity eliminate space-time singularities like a big bang? Is space-time relational? Can alternatives to quantum mechanics be tested by cosmological observations?
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 to Thursday, October 3, 2019
Noordwijk (The Netherlands)
Monday, September 30, 2019
The European Commission and the European Space Agency jointly organize a one-day workshop in Brussels on the 30th September 2019, on “Quantum Communication Infrastructure for Europe – Space Segment”. It will take place in the premises of the European Commission in Brussels (DG GROW main building).
Friday, July 12, 2019
The European Commission organises a meeting in Brussels on Friday 12th July to discuss the Policy White Paper on Quantum Technologies in Space, more specifically the Quantum Communication part, which was finalised during the QTSpace meeting in Munich of June 6th. The White Paper is part of QTSpace activities (http://www.qtspace.eu/?q=whitepaper).
Monday, May 6, 2019
The "Quantum Spaceship" consists of a network of scientists and industrial partners as well as of an Advisory Board (http://www.qtspace.eu/?q=quantumspaceship). It will meet to discuss and finalize the Policy White Paper on QT in Space, which will be subsequently handed over to the EC. The goal is to present a clear roadmap for the development of QT in space for the November 2019 ESA council meeting.