(Yicai Global) Oct. 25 -- China's new-generation weather satellite Fengyun-4 and the world's first CO2 monitoring satellite will offer their data products to international users for free, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Yang Jun, the director of the China National Satellite Meteorological Center, as saying in Washington DC at the China Day event during the in 14th Plenary Meeting of the Group on Earth Observations.
Global users will be able to obtain data from the Fengyun Satellite Data Service Network and the China National Comprehensive Earth Observation Data Sharing Platform.
China launched Fengyun-4 in December last year as the first of China's second-generation weather satellites in geostationary orbit and the country's first quantitative remote-sensing satellite in high orbit.
The country recently completed testing the Fengyun-4 platform and payloads, showing that the satellite is stable in operation with good performance, Yang said.
"Fengyun-4 is scheduled to be put into use in early 2018, with its data and products being freely available to international users," he said.
China launched the CO2 monitoring satellite in December of last year, and it has successfully completed an in-orbit test.
This satellite is "of great importance to [developing] a full understanding of the global carbon cycle process and its impact on global climate change," Yang said. China will offer its data and products to the public for free from today.
GEO is an international intergovernmental organization and China is one of its founding members.