Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Does It Have Deck Chairs and a Brass Band?

China has launched what it calls a 'hack proof' satellite. 

My oh my, if that's not an open invitation to the world's best hackers, I don't know what is.

(Paywall)

China has launched the world's first quantum satellite, which will help it establish "hack-proof" communications between space and the ground, Chinese state media says......

......The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS, satellite, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the remote northwestern province of Gansu in the early hours of Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said.
"In its two-year mission, QUESS is designed to establish 'hack-proof' quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground," it said.
"Quantum communication boasts ultra-high security as a quantum photon can neither be separated nor duplicated," it added. "It is hence impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through it."

3 comments:

Andrei said...

Actually Adolf this is an interesting story about a major advance in IT and communications technology. a technological leap forward if you will

If this were an American experiment it would be reported entirely differently

Andrei said...

You know Adolf if you were to go to the top Engineering schools in the Western World and look at the students who are flourishing there you would come encounter a sea of Asian faces

Noel said...

China may have launched it but it's a European/Chinese satellite.
In it's present form it has major disadvantages as it can only be accessed by line of sight and is restricted by sunlight.
Whether an efficient system can be derived from it is in the future.