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The Cold Atom Laboratory consists of two standardized containers that will be installed on the International Space Station. The larger container is called a “quad locker,” and the smaller container is called a “single locker.” The quad locker contains CAL’s physics package, or the compartment where CAL will produce clouds of ultra-cold atoms.
The Cold Atom Laboratory consists of two standardized containers that will be installed on the International Space Station. The larger container is called a “quad locker,” and the smaller container is called a “single locker.” The quad locker contains CAL’s physics package, or the compartment where CAL will produce clouds of ultra-cold atoms. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Tyler Winn.




CAL quad locker turnover fixture

The Cold Atom Laboratory quad locker sitting in a fixture that will allow the hardware to be packaged for shipment to the launch facility.
The Cold Atom Laboratory quad locker sitting in a fixture that will allow the hardware to be packaged for shipment to the launch facility. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.




Physics package

The Cold Atom Lab physics package, or the compartment where clouds of atoms will be cooled to around 100 picoKelvin, or one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero.
The Cold Atom Lab physics package, or the compartment where clouds of atoms will be cooled to around 100 picoKelvin, or one ten billionth of a degree above absolute zero. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Tyler Winn.




Dave Aveline with sm1 physics package

Dave Aveline, ground testbed lead for the Cold Atom Lab, works around the physics package.
Dave Aveline, ground testbed lead for the Cold Atom Lab, works around the physics package. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.




CAL Cygnus

The Cold Atom Lab quad locker, package for flight, being loaded onto a Cygnus spacecraft ahead of launch.
The Cold Atom Lab quad locker, package for flight, being loaded onto a Cygnus spacecraft ahead of launch. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Tyler Winn.