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World's first quantum communication satellite to be launched by China in July

This Project Of CAS Has An Inclusion Of Launch Of A Satellite And Building Of Four Ground Stations For Quantum Communication And One Space Quantum Teleportation Experiment Station.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Hina Khan | Updated on: 31 May 2016, 06:28:00 PM
China to launch world’s first quantum communication satellite (Representational picture)

New Delhi :

China in July will launch its first experimental quantum communication satellite, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said. The most interesting thing about this satellite is that its communications cannot be intercepted. It will be the first quantum communication through a satellite in the world, said Pan Jianwei, professor with University of Science and Technology of China.

This Quantum communication is known for its 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, Pan said. (Also read. ISRO to launch 22 satellites in a single mission in June)

This project of CAS has an inclusion of launch of a satellite and building of four ground stations for quantum communication and one space quantum teleportation experiment station. Upon completion, the satellite will be able to establish quantum optical links simultaneously with two ground bases thousands of kilometres apart, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It took five years for Chinese scientists to develop and manufacture the first quantum satellite. It will be transported to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in June, CAS said.

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First Published : 29 May 2016, 10:46:00 AM