China to launch first ‘hack proof’ quantum communication satellite
China is stealing march on United States in the field of communications with a launch of hack proof quantum communication satellite. According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the prime body behind Chinese space program, the world’s first experimental quantum communication satellite in July. CAS added that the communication carried through this satellite cannot be hacked, wiretapped nor can it be intercepted by malicious actors.
“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. Quantum technology is seen as a future cornerstone in field of technology. 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,” Pan said. The CAS’s project includes launch of a satellite and building of four ground stations for quantum communication and one space quantum teleportation experiment station.
The Chinese government run Xinhua in a separate report said that the quantum communication satellite will be communicating through quantum optical links simultaneously with two ground bases thousands of kilometres apart on earth. Chinese scientists have taken five years to develop and manufacture the first quantum satellite which is being assembled at present.