China will launch their first quantum communication satellite on Tuesday. It will encrypt the communications in a way that will make them safe from hackers, an enormous advance in technology that every government would like to have their hands on.
The Quantum Communication Satellite is developed and put together by China Academy of Science. According to media reports, this satellite, which will be discharged into space from northwestern China’s Gobi desert, will allow Chinese researchers to forward test messages between Beijing and northwestern China, as an accessory to worldwide locations.
A rocket named the Long March-2D which is developed and manufactured by Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST), the subsidiary of China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation (CASC) will launch the satellite into space.
This could be considered one of the most important steps taken so far in developing hacker-proof communication networks.
With this quantum satellite, China will be one step ahead of the Europeans and United States, which have been working toward such technology but haven’t confirmed it yet.
Quantum communications work by using subatomic particles to connect two points. If a hacker would try to intercept a communication, the message would change its form in a way that would inform the sender which will lead to the deletion of the entire message.
Many people think that it’s very important to have secure communications at a quantum level. Researchers believe that a true satellite-based network would be able to send quickly encrypted messages in an instant around the world.
U.S. has blamed China of hacking into computer systems to access and steal commercial secrets and information that could jeopardize American national security. China has firmly rejected the allegations.
The biggest challenge is considered to guide the satellite with a high accuracy to an area on Earth where it can send and receive information without being influenced by any commotions in Earth’s atmosphere.
China was made another statement regarding the creation of a quantum link between Beijing and Shanghai that would be used by government agencies and banks. All the years of researching seem to have paid off with this major triumph thus proving that China is no longer a follower in information technology but among the leaders of future IT achievements.
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