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B China launches quantum-enabled satellite Micius

  1. Aug 16, 2016 #1
    China has successfully launched the world's first quantum-enabled satellite, state media said.

    It was carried on a rocket which blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China's north west early on Tuesday.

    The satellite is named after the ancient Chinese scientist and philosopher Micius.

    The project tests a technology that could one day offer digital communication that is "hack-proof".

    But even if it succeeds, it is a long way off that goal, and there is some mind-bending physics to get past first.

    full story:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37091833
     
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  3. Aug 16, 2016 #2

    Drakkith

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    What's a "quantum-enabled satellite"?
     
  4. Aug 16, 2016 #3

    RonL

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    The satellite will create pairs of so-called entangled photons - tiny sub-atomic particles of light whose properties are dependent on each other - beaming one half of each pair down to base stations in China and Austria.

    Open it if you can, it's a good article :cool:
     
  5. Aug 16, 2016 #4
    And behind this is Anton Zeilinger and his former PhD-student Pan Jianwei, so this thing obviously has some scientific merit.
     
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