China launches first quantum comms satellite

China has just launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite, reports New Scientist.

The 600 kg spacecraft blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Center in the Gobi Desert at 0140 local time.

The satellite is both an extreme test of the weird properties of quantum mechanics, and a technology testbed for what could be the start of a global, unhackable communications network.

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