Georgia, China reach agreement to share geostationary-orbit communications satellite

GEORGIA, China — China and Georgia have reached a $400 million agreement to launch a geostated-orbit satellite to monitor climate change, according to an official announcement.

Georgia, which is a member of the European Union, said on Monday that it would receive the satellite.

The satellite will be a geosynchronous-orbit Earth-observing satellite, which allows it to provide detailed, daily global climate observations in a fraction of the time that Earth’s other satellites take.

The agreement also calls for a joint effort to study how climate change is affecting the environment, the official Xinhua news agency said.

“Geosynchronous satellites, which are used for weather forecasting and disaster management, are used by governments to monitor and improve the performance of infrastructure in the event of an emergency,” said Chen Zuo, deputy director general of the National Space Agency.

China’s Xinhua News Agency also said that the agreement with Georgia and Georgia will pave the way for future cooperation in space science, which it has been working on for more than two decades.

Georgia and China have a history of working closely together in space exploration.

In 2012, China hosted the first space event of its kind in the United States, the China-Greece Space Fair.

Greeces Space Fair was held in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the first international cooperation between China and Greece, which hosted a space fair in Athens in 2003.