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.



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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 22:56

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 09:20

On 15th November 2017, during the ESA 2nd Workshop on Quantum Technology, Angelo Bassi, Chair of QTSpace, handed a strategic report on “Quantum Technologies in Space” over to ESA, represented by Franco Ongaro (Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality and Head of ESTEC) and Jean-François Buggenhout (Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:51

ESA will hold, on 14th and 15th November 2017 in the ESTEC premises, the second workshop on Quantum Technologies for space.
Link to the Workshop website

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 11:39

Following a call launched on 6 February 2016, and a selection process, ESA has announced three novel ideas for science exploration in space, to be further scrutinized in the future years. Among them, there is quantum physics “with a focus on the boundaries of and relationship between quantum and classical physics, in particular investigating the aspect known as quantum decoherence”.
Link to the announcement