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Dong Fang Hong 154

Also called Quantum Space Satellite, QSS, QUESS, Micius, Mozi Hao


Designation 41731 / 16051A
Launch date 15 Aug 2016
Country of origin China
Mission Technology:
Perigee/Apogee 495/511 km
Inclination 97.4°
Period 94.5 min
Launch vehicle Long March 2D #223

Operated by the China Academy of Sciences, the 500 kg satellite contains a quantum key communicator, quantum entanglement emitter, entanglement source, processing unit, and a laser communicator.

QSS will conduct experiments on high-speed quantum key distribution between the satellite and ground stations (one in China, and the other in Europe), as well as explore quantum teleportation for the first time in the world.

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