A new study by the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board recommends that the military branch should fund research efforts that seek to shrink the size of quantum navigation tools, Defense News reported Sunday.
Werner Dahm, chairman of SAB and former chief scientist at the U.S. Air Force, said quantum navigation sensors could be further developed into systems that work to provide precise positioning data to pilots and improve timing in weapons systems.
The study also suggests that the Air Force shift its focus from the hardware side to algorithms designed to enable software applications to run on high-tech computing platforms, Aaron Mehta writes.
“It’s the software side where things are weak, and unless the software matures much further, it is unlikely the Air Force should be expecting great utility from quantum computing,” Dahm told the publication.
SAB did not find any considerable benefits of funding studies that focus on the development of quantum communications.
“The high-level takeaway on the communication part is that most of what the studies saw in the quantum area, the Air Force has equally good or better alternatives with other approaches,” Dahm said.
Mehta reports the study concluded that quantum technology is not yet ready for adoption in a wide range of areas despite its potential.
“These systems have enormous potential, but there is much more hype than reality in there,” Dahm added.