Robert Bedington • Co-founder and CTO • SpeQtral
Dr. Robert Bedington is co-founder and CTO of SpeQtral Pte Ltd, a Quantum Communications company based in Singapore and specialising in satellite QKD – quantum key distribution. Satellite QKD is enabling global secured communications that are resilient against hacking by future quantum computers. SpeQtral is a spin-out company from the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore where Robert was previously a senior research fellow and satellite team lead for the SpooQy-1 CubeSat mission. SpooQy-1 launched in 2019 and is currently the only quantum CubeSat in orbit. In the same year Robert was recognised by MIT as one of ten Innovators under 35 for the Asia Pacific region. Previously he worked as a JSPS fellow researching the miniaturisation of satellite instrumentation for plasma analysis at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and for his PhD at University College London he developed a miniature plasma analyser that was launched on the PoleCATS sounding rocket mission. He has a Physics degree from the University of Durham and has additionally worked on optical instrumentation for ground-based telescopes and on a microwave FT spectrometer for the large millimeter telescope in Mexico.