China launches quantum-enabled satellite

Can it be true?  Have the Chinese really launched a satellite to enable faster than light communications using spooky quantum action at a distance?  That’s what you might think from a recent news release from China that included the intriguing sentence: “The satellite’s two year mission will be to develop “hack-proof” quantum communications allowing users to send messages securely and at speeds faster than light”.

Well, of course it’s not quite as reported – but they have launched a bold experiment to test “quantum key distribution” (QKD) over earth to space links, and it could be part of the next wave of communications and computing technology based on quantum phenomena.  To find out much more about QKD and other quantum technologies set to change your business, come to the CW Technology and Engineering Conference, on 14th September at the Cambridge Computer Lab.