China to launch first quantum communication satellite

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Published: May 29, 2016 3:12:02 PM

China will launch its first experimental quantum communication satellite in July, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Friday.

China will launch its first experimental quantum communication satellite in July, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Friday.

This will be the first quantum communication through a satellite in the world, Xinhua news agency quoted Pan Jianwei, professor with University of Science and Technology of China as saying.

Quantum communication boasts ultra-high security as a quantum photon can neither be separated nor duplicated. It is hence impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through it, said Pan.

Chinese scientists have taken five years to develop and manufacture the first quantum satellite. It will be transported to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in June, according to the CAS.

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