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Quantum Technologies for UAS (QTech)Recent advances in small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) technologies lower the barriers for use by both private and commercial entities. However, these advances are also likely to lead to greater vehicle densities, a more heterogenous mix of vehicles and equipment and greater levels of vehicle autonomy, which can increase the chance for communications disruptions. For the safe and secure operation of these vehicles, it is essential to have a robust communications network. This work is focused on harnessing the power of quantum technologies to enable this robust communications network by: (1) utilizing quantum optimization algorithms to design robust network with routing redundancy that can respond adaptively to dynamically changing real-time environment and disruptions, (2) utilize quantum optimization algorithms resource allocation for detection, localization, and tracking of mobile communication disruption agents and (3) utilize quantum key distribution (QKD) to execute secure key sharing in anti-jamming protocols for secure radio frequency (RF) communication. Efforts to map these quantum optimization algorithms to commercially available quantum annealers and soon to be available general-purpose gate-model quantum hardware architectures will be reviewed, and plans for testing the solutions to these algorithms through indoor sUAS flight tests will be discussed. Lastly, efforts to miniaturize and practically deploy Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) hardware, which could ultimately be used to securely exchange encryption keys, in sUAS networks will be reviewed.
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Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Grabbe, Shon
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Rieffel, Eleanor
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Wang, Zhihui
(Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Columbia, MD, United States)
Hadfield, Stuart
(Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Columbia, MD, United States)
Wroblewski, Adam
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
June 23, 2019
Publication Date
June 17, 2019
Subject Category
Physics Of Elementary Particles And Fields
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AVIATION Forum
Location: Dallas, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: June 17, 2019
End Date: June 21, 2019
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Airbus Industrie
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
NASA Peer Committee
Quantum Computing
Quantum Optimization
Quantum Annealing
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