China's Space Agency announced today a successful launch of the world's first quantum communications satellite. The Micius, named for a famed 5th Century Chinese astronomer was launched for a two-year journey into space. The satellite has the capability of circling the earth every 90 minutes.
Quantum communications were developed in Geneva in 1995, but have never been deployed on a large scale. If successful, the Chinese satellite will connect Beijing and Shanghai. The quantum system is said by physicists to be invulnerable to hacking or espionage. While a few cities worldwide have experimented quantum communications in various municipalities, China is the first to attempt the new technology on a wider scale. The physical problem they hope to have solved involves the dispersion of quantum particles from interference with naturally-occurring particles.
Alexander Sergeienko, a quantum expert at Boston University stated, "The event is very exciting and does carry global importance. The race is now moving into near space to cover longer distances between large metropolitan areas."
However, like many US scientists, Sergeienko could only watch the race from a distance. The moribund US Space Program, hamstrung by bureaucratic interference and failing infrastructure, once again found itself humbled by Chinese technology and industrial efficiency.
NASA and the Pentagon, recently forced to get an exemption from Obama's sanctions to purchase critical rocket engines from Russia---engines no longer manufactured in the US--- have no plans to put such a satellite of our own in orbit.
According to a recent statement from the ADG Investment Group, in 1990, the US accounted for 90% of satellite capability for the global market. Today only 1 satellite in 25 are American-owned. The last three presidential administrations have seen an increasing shift in NASA's focus from space exploration and communications to projects dealing with so-called climate change. NASA's budget is currently at an all-time low.
The general consensus among the Government-Media Complex---and that of the American public in general---is a state of denial. In spite of the obvious advantages China would have with an invulnerable communications network, most Ameroboobs prefer to believe---in spite of the fact that sensitive US government and corporate databases are hacked on a routine basis---that our technological capabilities are far superior to China's.
"We have one advantage that other countries lack---the spirit of entrepreneurship." a recent US Chamber of Commerce report stated about our increasing technological failures. Yet there may be some truth to this: the US website PornHub recently announced in the Corporate Media that it pays bounties to computer experts to find and fix flaws in its security system; illustrating once again where American technological priorities actually are.
No, instead, the American public is busily engaging in a heated debate over which candidate hacked and doxxed the other; and both blaming Russia for their problems. It's a lot easier, after all, than facing facts.