Wu Yanhua, vice president of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), announced during a statement on China Central Television (CCTV) that the country plans to build an asteroid tracking and defence system for our planet.
The first test could be in 2025
Yanhua shared some information about the system he plans to develop. The system will contain both terrestrial and space-based elements and will catalogue and analyse asteroids to determine which ones pose a potential threat to Earth or human activities in space. The system will also include a computer simulation that will model potential asteroid impacts.
According to the Global Times report, the system has not yet been approved by Chinese authorities because it requires coordination of several departments, but Yanhua announced in a statement that the system may be tested for the first time in 2025.