China has successfully launched the world’s first quantum-enabled satellite, according to state media. It blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s north west early on Tuesday. It will test the phenomena of quantum entanglement.

The 500kg satellite contains a quantum key communicator, quantum entanglement emitter, entanglement source, processing unit, and a laser communicator. It will transmitting quantum keys between two ground stations, beaming one half of each pair down to base stations in China and Austria.  Apparently the  orbiting altitude of 1,000km is ideal for testing quantum teleportation of photons.

This is a pretty seismic event, if you as me. Akin to Sputnik. If it works it will provide the foundation for ‘un-crackable’ communications  — at the speed of light.

More on this story here on the BBC

And here on POPSCI

 

 

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