Secure communications in the future will require two things: space and quantum. Constellations spoke with Dr. Mark Adams of the STORM Lab at Auburn University, about the unique advantages of quantum key distribution over classical encryption, its progress, and the challenges for applying it in space.
Today’s sophisticated encryption works “perfectly fine with modern day computing and is hard to crack,” Adams said, but with quantum computing on the horizon, traditional encryption methods aren’t assured indefinitely.
As soon as quantum computers come online in the next five to 10 years, the algorithmic-type encryption of today’s computing . . .
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