Full Name QUESS (Quantum Experiments at Space Scale) / Micius Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies CAS Launch Date 15 Aug 2016
Mission Links EOL Date Aug 2026
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Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 97.37 deg
Orbit Altitude 500 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Implementation of long-distance quantum communication network based on high-speed QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) between the satellite and the ground station, to achieve major breakthroughs in the realization of spaceborne practical quantum communication. Quantum entanglement distribution and quantum teleportation on a space scale, fundamental tests of the laws of quantum mechanics on a global scale.
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