China launches experimental "hack-proof" satellite

China launched the world's first experimental quantum communications satellite on Tuesday, local media reported.

The satellite, named "Micius" after an ancient Chinese philosopher and engineer, was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China's Inner-Mongolia region.

The new-generation communication system can resist nearly all conventional forms of decryption and has obvious potential military and financial applications, state news agency Xinhau said.

The Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite will transmit encrypted keys from space to the ground while providing insights into the scientific phenomenon of quantum entanglement.

"The newly-launched satellite marks a transition in China's role from a follower in classic information technology development to one of the leaders guiding future IT achievements," the project's chief scientist Pan Jianwei told Xinhua.

The satellite is designed to distribute keys between relay stations on two different continents using high-speed coherent lasers.

As a quantum photon cannot be separated or duplicated, it becomes "impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack the information transmitted through it," Xinhua said.

Last update: Tue, 16/08/2016 - 08:31

More from Science & Tech

Electric car manufacturer Tesla recalls charging adapters

US electric car manufacturer Tesla on Tuesday issued a recall of charging adapters for its electric cars which could...

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to share terrorist content database

Internet giants Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube plan to develop a shared database of deleted content deemed...

Lost Russian space freighter sought in Siberia, near Mongolian border

Search teams on Friday were looking for a missing Russian space freighter believed to have crashed in southern...

Reddit to crack down on "toxic" Trump users

US-based news sharing and discussion website Reddit will take action against "toxic users," in particular some of...

Facebook accidentally deletes some of founder Zuckerberg's posts

The social media website Facebook accidentally deleted posts by its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, including...