Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 9:16
China’s new satellite would create the world’s largest quantum network
At 1:40am local time, China successfully launched its first quantum satellite — a mission that will be watched very closely by security agencies around the world.
Not only does the launch put the nation of 1.35 billion at the forefront of a unique scientific field but, more importantly, it puts Beijing far ahead of its global rivals in achieving the holy grail of cyber security: a digital communication system impervious to hackers.
By launching a group of quantum-enabled satellites, China hopes to create a super secure network that uses an encryption technique based on the principles of a field known as quantum communication.
While traditional forms of encryption rely on mathematical functions that are very difficult to be reversed, scientists have demonstrated a far better way to transmit secret data.