The 600-kilogram craft, the latest in a string of Chinese space-science satellites, will launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in August.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Austrian Academy of Sciences are collaborators on the US0-million mission.
Two that immediately spring to mind are the revolting cinnamon challenge and the planking fad which had us all on the floor in a state of wooden piss-taking.
Now the latest one is the 'invisible box' move where people apparently walk in mid-air by stepping onto an 'invisible box' with one foot and jumping over it with the other.
The teams from outside China are taking a different tack.
A collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Strathclyde, UK, is using cheap 5-kilogram satellites known as cubesats to do quantum experiments.
A Canadian team proposes to generate pairs of entangled photons on the ground, and then fire some of them to a microsatellite that weighs less than 30 kilograms.
First up could be more Chinese satellites, which will together create a super-secure communications network, potentially linking people anywhere in the world.“You could not just see planets,” says Kwiat, “but in principle read licence plates on Jupiter’s moons.” For the best commenting experience, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines.You will be re-directed back to this page where you will see comments updating in real-time and have the ability to recommend comments to other users.The Chinese researchers hope that transmitting photons through space, where they travel more smoothly, will allow them to communicate over greater distances.At the heart of their satellite is a crystal that produces pairs of entangled photons, whose properties remain entwined however far apart they are separated.