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World's first quantum satellite finishes in-orbit test
   2017-01-18 18:52:54    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wangxin

Live tracing of Mozi at the Xinglong Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences.[Photo: bao.ac.cn]

The world's first Quantum communications satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale(QUESS), independently designed and launched by China in August last year, has finished its four-month in-orbit test and was put into service on January 18th, reports ce.cn.

QUESS, nicknamed Mozi after the ancient Chinese philosopher and scientist, aims to facilitate quantum communication between ground stations. Quantum communication possesses ultra-high security as a quantum photon can neither be separated nor duplicated.


Pan Jianwei, chief-engineer of the Mozi quantum satellite.[Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Quantum communication will enable China to provide high-level communication security support to areas like islands in the South China Sea, Chinese embassies and consulates in foreign countries, and naval vessels.

Mozi has been selected as one of the ten innovative technologies that changed the world in 2016 by Scientific American, and is the only tech on the list that was developed outside of the United States.

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