Satnews Daily
December 19th, 2017

Canadian Space Agency Invests in Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite Mission

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding $1.5 million to the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to lead the science of a mission called the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat), which will protect the communications and data of Canadians on Earth and in space.

Artistic rendition of Canada's QEYSSat is courtesy of
the University of Waterloo.

The estimate is that, within 10 to 20 years, the encryption codes used by computers today will be easily decoded by high-performing quantum computers, making current encryption technology obsolete. This investment by the CSA will advance encryption methods, which use highly advanced computing technology to create unbreakable security codes.
The completed mission will enable the CSA to leverage IQC’s expertise to enhance Canada’s position as a world leader in the emerging market for quantum technology. It will contribute to developing the highly qualified workforce needed in this important sector, and position Canada’s space sector to play a critical role in the upcoming quantum technology revolution — a significant global business opportunity.
This initiative aligns with the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan.


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