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Quantum Compass emerging to replace GPS

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According to the press release of British Ministry of Defense, the department will be investing millions of pounds into the “earth-based” technology, which they hope may become a substitute to space-based GPS on board nuclear submarines and ships. This technology, which would not require satellites or fixed points of reference such as radio masts, is of military interest around the world, because of the limitations of space-based navigation systems.

UK based scientist’s state they are three to five years away from creating a new navigation system that would not rely on space-based technologies. A “quantum compass” might replace the US’s widely-used GPS system initially in military followed by smartphones. Scientists at the present are focusing their efforts on miniaturizing the device, so that it can be used by soldiers and not just on board submarines and ships. Unlike GPS, the forge in the field of pinpointing locations, a “quantum compass” will be interference-proof.

The US has repeatedly warned that its GPS is vulnerable to attacks and deliberate disruption. A “quantum compass,” may also be used to create the world’s most accurate atomic clocks, scientists say. Quantum Time, Navigation and Sensing (TNS) technologies could really change the way we navigate in the future. One of the biggest advantages of using Quantum Compass is that there is no known Physical law that can disturb these devices unlike the GPS which is vulnerable to attack and interruption.

At the same time as this technology is possibly more interesting to militaries around the world with the ability to locate underwater and no vulnerability, it is only natural that with time this could really change the navigation world. Already we had several interesting research papers on utilizing the magnetic field of the earth for positioning and navigation, this is perhaps the biggest research to have emerged in that direction. Eventually, a “quantum compass” might be accessible for smartphone users who now use GPS to pinpoint their site.

Kai Farmer