Scientists in China are set to launch the world’s first ‘quantum satellite,’ which could one day make for an ultra-secure global communications network. The 1,300 pound craft contains a crystal that produces pairs of entangled photons, which will be fired to ground stations in China and Austria to form a ‘secret key.’ Entangled photons

theoretically maintain their link across any distance, and according to the scientists, any attempts to breach this type of communication would be easily detectable. The satellite is set to launch from Jiuquan Satellite launch Center later this month, and if initial experiments in this two-year mission prove successful, it could soon be followed by a fleet of others, according to Nature. CONTINUE