SW_AHM

Call number
15
Active Hydrogen Maser for Space
2016-2019
Strategic focus
Embedded Systems
Space Applications & Systems / Drones
Industries

GILLAM-FEI (leader)
POLMANS

Research bodies

UCL
Ulg

Total budget

2,7 M€

 
Project type
R&D

The project consists in the development of an embedded atomic clock. In GPS or Galileo navigation systems, atomic clocks that are onboard satellites are the essence of the system: they condition the accuracy of the geo-positioning. Those clocks are also used onboard various scientific satellites and essential to the success of the mission.  

In the SW_AHM project, the original idea is to develop  and build a brand new type of atomic clock : with small dimensions and low weight, this new atomic clock based on active hydrogen maser could be sent in Space. 

Compared with other current technologies, the proposed clock would propose a factor 3 in performance improvements. 
 

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