China launches world s first quantum satellite

China has successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite that is designed to establish hack-proof communications between space and the ground.

It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located at China's northwestern province of Gansu at 1.40am local time on 16 August.

The satellite, Quantum Experiments at Space Scale Quess , is nicknamed Micius after a fifth century BC Chinese scientist, who is said to be the first to conduct optical experiments.

As quantum communication features ultra-high security, it is impossible to intercept or crack details that are being transmitted through it.

The new satellite would help scientists conduct secure communication between Beijing and Xinjiang's Urumqi.

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