As the world is wary about cyber hackers in China, the next big thing for it is launching an experimental quantum communication satellite in July that was designed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), making it first of its kind.
Since quantum communications assure the highest level of security being hard to replicate or separate. Nor can it be reverse engineered as it involves a complex process employing quantum entanglement. Once it is successful, China can be sure that no one can crack into its security networks, making it impossible for any world power to snoop around.
Developed over the last five years, the quantum satellite will be launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center with four ground stations to track and facilitate communication. Moreover, it will have one space quantum teleportation experiment station, said a report prepared by CAS.
This will be the first quantum communication through a satellite in the world, said Pan Jianwei, professor with University of Science and Technology of China. With the quantum communication, China boasts ultra-high security as a quantum photon that can neither be separated nor duplicated.
“It is just impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through it,” said Pan.
The satellite will connect with ground stations via quantum optical links with two ground bases set up far from each other by a distance of thousands of kilometers. As of now, the quantum communication system will ensure China superiority over other global nations in terms of possessing a fool proof communications system that cannot be cracked.