Maine: AI Startup Uses Maine Air Force Data Facility for Quantum Computers

May 18, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

A Maine data center has been set up by an AI and quantum computing startup to house quantum computers. This week, Eternal Mind, Inc. conducted a grand opening ceremony at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone. WagmTV reports that the company occupies the former Air Force data center at the air base. The Bangor Daily News reports that the data center ceased operations in 2017. 

It was revealed that the data hall could accommodate "two or three" quantum systems, the first of which will be deployed in June. The quantum computers' specifications weren't disclosed. The air facility in Aroostook County was established in 1947 and decommissioned in 1994. The land was subsequently transformed into the Loring Commerce Centre business park. The facility is being developed in collaboration with Green 4 Maine, which last year purchased several hundred acres on the Loring Air Force Base.

Following a contract signed with the Loring Development Authority, Green 4 Maine will buy some of the land and structures on the formerly operational military base. This project, known as the Green 4 Maine Campus at Loring, is expected to result in the construction of more than a million square feet of commercial workplace, manufacturing, and warehouse space. WagmTV images match a vacant 7,835-square-foot building previously used as a data center located at the intersection of N Cutt Road and Cupp Road, according to a Green 4 Maine sales brochure.