According to Xinhua news agency, China is to launch its first experimental quantum communication satellite in July 2016. China will be one up on the United States in the field of communications with the launch of hack proof communication satellite.
It will be communicating via quantum optical links concurrently with two ground bases thousands of kilometers apart on earth.
Quantum physics is the science of the future. This kind of communications is almost hack-proof as quantum photons could neither be separated nor duplicated. Communication-based on this technology is impossible to tap intercept or crack.
Chinese scientists have been working on this technology for the last five years and have perfected the hack proof communication satellite. The satellite is scheduled to be sent from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in June, according to the CAS. It will undergo final experiments and will be readied for the launch.
The introduction of the satellite is a part of China’s Strategic Priority Program on Space Science, which was initiated in 2011.
The Chinese have already launched their first Dark Matter Satellite ‘Wukong’ last year and a Micro Gravity satellite SJ-10 in April 2016.
Additionally, a hard X-ray telescope will be sent to space to study neutron stars and black holes. The launch is expected to happen in the latter half of 2016.
Chinese have been investing heavily in this cutting edge research and are also building a 2000 Km large Quantum communication network between Shanghai and Beijing. It will be fully operational by the end of 2016.
Quantum is the tiniest unit of energy and cannot be copied. So it is inseparable and can carry coded information which cannot be decoded during transmission. United States physicist David Wineland and Serge Haroche of France were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, October 9, 2012, for perfecting a method to measure such particles without destroying them.