China launched the world’s first quantum satellite "Micius" atop a Long March-2D rocket at 1:40 AM on Aug. 16, 2016. This makes China the first in the world to realize quantum communications between satellite and ground and build a system for quantum secure communications and scientific experimentation that integrates space and Earth.
The quantum satellite was developed by PAN Jianwei's team. The team made breakthroughs in a series of key technologies, including high-precision tracking, star-ground polarization state maintenance and base vector correction, as well as spaceborne quantum entanglement sources.
This work was jointly conducted by the National Space Science Center, the University of Science and Technology of China, the Shanghai Microsatellite Innovation Research Institute, the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, and the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth, all under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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