Quantum Encryption Spacecraft Closer to Launch

Artists impression of Speqtre. (Credit: ISISPACE)

SWINDON, UK (UK Research & Innovation PR) — Speqtre, an innovative secure communications cubesat, has passed a major milestone in its journey to space.

The mission, which will demonstrate quantum key distribution (QKD) from space, has passed its critical design review. This means that the team can now build and test a full model of the satellite.


SpeQtral Announces SpeQtral-1 Quantum Satellite Mission for Ultra-secure Communications

SpeQtral-1 will perform trusted node quantum key distribution over intercontinental distances with partners globally

SINGAPORE, Feb. 9, 2022 (SpeQtral PR) — SpeQtral, an emerging leader in quantum-secure communication systems, announces today at the Global Space and Technology Convention, the official kickoff of its forthcoming Quantum Key Distribution (“QKD”) satellite mission in space, SpeQtral-1.

The SpeQtral-1 satellite is expected to be launched in 2024, and is primed to be one of the first few QKD satellite missions to be launched by a commercial entity. It will demonstrate the technological feasibility of intercontinental out-of-band symmetric key delivery with a focus on addressing practical commercial requirements of end users. In this commercial pilot phase, entities interested in securing their data communications with QKD would be able to use SpeQtral-1 to receive quantum keys.


SpeQtral Announces $1.9M Seed Funding to Power the Next Generation of Secure Communications

SINGAPORE & NEW YORK (SpeQtral PR) — SpeQtral was formally announced today with initial funding led by Space Capital.

Formerly known as S15 Space Systems, SpeQtral is building space-based quantum communication systems rooted in advanced technologies developed at the world-renowned Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), a Research Centre of Excellence hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). This quantum technology offers unprecedented security from eavesdropping and will enable the next generation of secure communication networks. SpeQtral has licensed from NUS the IP and knowhow necessary to develop compact quantum light sources, and has also hired former CQT researchers to its team.