What Do Lasers, Microwaves and Clocks Have to Do with Space?

RS Components Explores Next-Gen Technology for Atomic Clocks on Episode 4 of “Engineering Edge” Podcast

The world is full of interesting applications of everyday technology – and RS Components is sending Dr. Lucy Rogers, Ph.D. on a mission to find the engineering edge in sometimes little-known, but important, places.

In episode 4 of the Engineering Edge podcast, Lucy travels to Guildford, England to visit Surrey Space Centre, one of the world leaders in using low-cost technology and applications for the space industry. During her visit, she learns how the team there is developing new laser systems for atomic clocks in satellites that provide critical information such as GPS data.

Today’s atomic clocks use microwaves, which are large, expensive, and extremely sensitive to environmental conditions. The next-gen clocks will use a new laser system made from commercial, off-the-shelf components like the types in the inventory at RS Components. This new technology will make these critical technology tools thousands of times more accurate, and because they are made of everyday materials, the prototypes cost one-tenth of the price.

“Our goal with this podcast series is to shine a light on some lesser-known but critically important technology that impacts our daily lives,” said Fal Dieso, head of marketing for RS Components Americas. “Technology comes in all shapes and sizes and is so interconnected with everyday life that it’s easy to forget how incredibly complicated it can be. Dr. Rogers does an outstanding job of taking complex topics – such as atomic clocks, lasers and satellites – and making them relatable and consumable for all listeners.”

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