SandboxAQ Successfully Tests its Quantum Navigation System with the U.S. Air Force, Completing Test Flights Eight Months Ahead of Schedule

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2023-09-18 07:00:05

‍Resilient and accurate navigation alternatives are critical for national security and a safer, more modern transportation industry

Palo Alto, CA – May 22, 2023 – SandboxAQ today announced it has successfully tested its advanced, quantum sensor-based magnetic anomaly navigation system with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The test flights, conducted last week at Travis Air Force Base by the 60th Air Mobility Wing, were part of an ongoing readiness and modernization effort to explore and develop an Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (APNT) solution to augment the Global Positioning System (GPS). Such solutions will provide uninterrupted navigation in situations where GPS is unavailable or intentionally denied or spoofed.

In January 2023, the USAF awarded SandboxAQ a Direct-to-Phase-II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to research quantum navigation technologies. "The need for GPS-alternatives is critical,” said Maj. Patrick Morgan, Wing Tactics.  "If we’re executing a mission where GPS is not available, it's important to have another solution to ensure mission continuity and ensure a safe exit and return to base for our Airmen."

As part of last week’s Exercise, Golden Phoenix, SandboxAQ’s quantum navigation prototype was installed aboard a USAF C-17 GlobeMaster III military transport aircraft and successfully received geomagnetic navigation data on the ground and during multiple in-flight tests, completing its test flight milestones eight months ahead of schedule. 

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