Tuesday, June 18, 2013

China Reveals First Space-Based Quantum Communications Experiment

China Reveals First Space-Based Quantum Communications Experiment | MIT Technology Review: "“We hope to establish a quantum communication network from Beijing to Vienna,” according to Jian-Wei, a plan that will presumably require significant co-operation from their arch-competitors in Europe. Last year, European scientists themselves proposed sending a quantum communications experiment to the International Space Station, an idea that could be beat the Chinese at their own game and would be relatively cheap and quick. But whether this plan has gained traction isn’t clear. What is abundantly clear is that the quantum space race is rapidly hotting up. But the embarrassing truth for American science is that the US isn’t yet a player in the quantum space race (at least not publicly)." (more at link above)

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