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China Launches World’s First “Hack Proof” Satellite

China is set to launch the world's first quantum communication satellite which boasts of hack-proof ultra high security features to prevent wiretapping. (Image Courtesy: Google)

Communications has become one of the basic necessity in today’s scenario between different nations and individuals.

This communications though being highly encrypted while transferred from one location to another, still there are chances of someone spying over the same.

This result in communications being hacked by intermediate way.

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Launching First Quantum Satellite:

For coping up with this intermediate barrier, China has launched the world’s first quantum satellite.

It is a project through which Beijing hopes to build up a coveted “hack-proof” communications system.

This is particularly important while transferring important data of military and commercial applications.

Xinhua which is the official news service said that Micius which is a 600 kg satellite which is nicknamed after the ancient Chinese philosopher, “roared into the dark sky” over the Gobi desert.

It took place at about 1.40 am local time on Tuesday which took place by Long-March 2D rocket.

Xinhua has reported that, “The satellite’s two-year mission will be to develop ‘hack-proof’ quantum communications, allowing users to send messages securely and at speeds faster than light.”

Satellite: Part of Ambitious Space Programme

Quantum experiments being taken place at the space scale or Quess, satellite programme is being a part of the ambitious space programme.

It has been accelerated since Xi Jingping became the Communist party chief during late 2012.

Nicolas Gisin who is a professor and quantum physicist from the University of Geneva told the Wall Street Journal, “There’s been a race to produce a quantum satellite, and it is very likely that China is going to win that race. It shows again China’s ability to commit to large and ambitious projects and to realise them.”

Satellite will be tasked for sending secure messages between Beijing and Urumqi which is the capital of Xinjiang.

It is a sprawling region of the deserts and snow-capped mountains in the extreme west of China.

Hack Proof Satellite Communications:

Highly complex attempts were being made for making such “hack proof” communications network which are based on the satellite principle of entanglement.

According to the theory, two particles were entangled when they were interacting. Hence any of the subsequent interaction is impacting both the particles.

After launching which took place on Tuesday Xinhua reported that, “It is hence impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through it.”

Speaking to the Nature magazine during the earlier part of the year, Chinese physicist who is the in-charge of the project, Pan Jianwei said that it will be pushing boundaries of the scientific knowledge.

Transition of Role of China:

Pan from the Chinese Academy of Sciences adding to the same says, “I think China has an obligation not just to do something for ourselves – many other countries have been to the moon, have done manned spaceflight – but to explore something unknown.”

After the launch on Tuesday Pan told Xinhua that the mission marked one of the transition in the China’s role from being a follower in the classic information technology (IT) development to being one of the leaders which is guiding the future of the IT achievements.

Beijing’s official news agency said that there are enormous prospects for the use of such technology in the fields which includes defense, military and even finance.

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