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China plans to conduct asteroid defense system test that can blow space rocks out of orbit by 2025

China asteroid defense system
  • China has announced its plan to test its asteroid monitoring and defense system, Wu Yanhua, the deputy director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), revealed on Sunday.
  • The system will study space rocks and attempt to alter their paths using spacecraft as early as 2025.
  • During an event that celebrated China’s seventh national space day in Wenchang, Hainan Province, Wu shared that CNSA is developing simulation software that will test and verify operations against any near-Earth objects.
  • The Chinese space administration is also planning to set up a combination of ground-based and space-based monitoring and warning systems that will analyze asteroids that pose potential threats.

China has announced its plan to test its asteroid monitoring and defense system that will attempt to alter the paths of space rocks as early as 2025.

Wu Yanhua, the deputy director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), revealed the plan during an event that celebrated China’s seventh national space day in Wenchang, Hainan Province, on Sunday. The event also marked the 52nd anniversary of the launch of Dongfanghong-1, China’s first satellite.