China will launch another one hundred satellites before 2025 as part of an effort to further develop the country's space industry, reports China News Service.
Officials with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced the news on Tuesday during the 8th World Geospatial Developers Conference in Beijing, according to the report.
"With the development of China's space technology and the improvement of the space industry, a solid foundation and a sound environment have been created for China to accelerate its economic exploration of space," said Yu Qi, a deputy director with the CNSA.
More than 400 satellites have been launched into space by China's Long March series rockets during 307 missions. In 2018, China had 39 space launches, accounting for two-thirds of the global total.
Last year also saw China successfully launching the Chang'e-4 lunar probe. Multiple countries and organizations took part in the lunar mission.
"It shows that China's space technology is becoming mature; it has a broadening range of applications and is a stronger driving force for domestic economic development," said Yu Qi.
Yu also emphasized the steady development of China's high-resolution earth observation satellite project, which started in 2010. The last satellite for the project, the Gaofen-7 imaging satellite, will be launched at the end of this year.
The high-resolution satellites have been producing an increasing amount of data that is being used in more than 20 industry sectors in China, including forestry, agriculture, mapping, and environmental protection.