China on Tuesday successfully launched the world’s first quantum communication satellite which will help it establish ‘hack-proof‘ communications between space and the ground. The satellite was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north western Gobi Desert will allow Chinese researchers to transmit text messages between Beijing and northwestern China as well as other locations around the world, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The satellite has been named “Micius” after a fifth century BC Chinese scientist, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said. According to CAS, the quantum satellite will conduct experiments on high-speed quantum key distribution between the satellite and ground stations, as well as explore quantum teleportation for the first time in the world.
The newly-launched satellite marks a transition in China’s role from a follower in classic information technology development to one of the leaders guiding future achievements,” Pan Jianwei, the project’s chief scientist, told the agency. Quantum communications holds “enormous prospects” in the field of defence, it added.
The world’s first quantum satellite will help China establish “hack-proof” communications between space and the ground among other things.
Quantum key technology boasts ultra-high security as a photon can be neither separated nor duplicated, so it is impossible to wiretap or intercept the information transmitting through it, The 2,000-kilometer backbone network will be used in the fields of finance, electronics and government affairs.