China, August 16: Named after the ancient Chinese scientist and philosopher Micius China, China on Tuesday launched the world’s first quantum satellite ‘hack-proof’.
This will help it establish “hack-proof” communications between space and the ground, state media said, the latest advance in an ambitious space programme. It was carried on a rocket which blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west early on Tuesday.
The project tests a technology that could one day offer digital communication that is “hack-proof”.
But even if it succeeds, it is a long way off that goal, and there is some mind-bending physics to get past first.
But while China is leading the project, officially titled Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS), Austria is also involved.
“Quantum computing is largely seen as the next big thing in communications,” says Marc Einstein, Director of the Information Communications Technology (ICT) practice of Frost and Sullivan, Japan, citing secure transmission of credit card data