World's first quantum satellite is launched in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, China, August 16, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS
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China's launch of the first quantum satellite Tuesday will push forward efforts to develop the ability to send communications that can't be penetrated by hackers, experts said.The satellite launched into space from the Jiuquan launch base in northwestern China's Gobi Desert will allow Chinese researchers to transmit test messages between Beijing and northwestern China as well as other locations around the world.Hoi Fung Chau, a professor and quantum communications researcher at Hong Kong University, said that it was too soon to say if the tests would succeed, but added he expected quantum messages by satellite to become the global standard eventually.The launch is a major triumph for China, which has spent years researching quantum technology and developing the satellite and other uses for it.
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