Frequency Electronics to Help Air Force Develop Space-Qualified Atomic Clock

Frequency Electronics has received two contracts worth $37.2 million combined from the U.S. Air Force to build and demonstrate an atomic clock for space systems.

The company will help the service branch create an atomic frequency standard for timing applications and test a space-qualified clock through a flight experiment as part of a $19.4 million contract, the Defense Department said Tuesday.

Seven offers were submitted to the Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 8 for the project via a competitive acquisition process.

The second contract, worth $17.8 million, calls for Frequency Electronics to conduct risk analysis and documentation of a laser-based pulse optically pumped rubidium physics package designed for spaceflight.

Work will take place in Uniondale, New York, through Sept. 24, 2025.

The Air Force will initially provide $2.2 million in fiscal 2018 research and development for both contracts.

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