China will win the space race to launch the world’s first quantum communication satellite when its rocket takes off into orbit in July.
It will assist in the sending of data securely – and be a huge benefit in the fight against hackers – but cause widespread concern that the secretive communist state is pioneering its use.
According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China will launch its first experimental quantum communication satellite in July. China is poised to become the first country to send encoded information from space that cannot be hacked. Scientists are making final adjustments to China’s first quantum communication satellite. The project chief describes it as a revolution in communications.
The technology the satellite encases is complex – but essentially it will allow for data that can’t be copied or spied on between the space on the earth.