UN-Led Global Satellite To Be Named After APJ Abdul Kalam


A global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction – GlobalSat for DRR – proposed under the UN structure is to be dedicated to India’s Missile Man Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, as a tribute to the vision of the praised scientific genius and former Indian president who passed away on July 27.

This has been expressed by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-EUrope-US-ASia) Association on Space Technologies for Societal Applications, which is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Established in 1999, CANEUS serves to add to a typical stage for space innovation answers for characteristic and man-made disaster management. The “GlobalSat for DRR” is an UN-driven global initiative on sharing space innovation for fiasco hazard lessening, Pimprikar told.

The satellite launch was mooted at the third UN World Meeting on on Disaster Risk Reduction held at Sendai in Japan this March.

The UN-drove GlobalSat will give a common stage that will permit sharing of space and information fragments, with a capacity to serve individual country’s catastrophe management and advancement needs.

Pimprikar said that the ultimate aim of UN GlobatSat runs on the similar lines as those of Dr. Kalam. In his “World Space Vision-2050” Kalam gave a vision for space faring nations to join hands and find solutions to mankind’s major problems such as natural disasters, energy and water scarcity, health-care education issues and weather prediction.

“Therefore we now plan to dedicate the UN GlobalSat initiative as a tribute to Late Dr. Abdul Kalam by renaming it “UN Kalam GlobalSat”, Pimprikar said.

“Respecting India’s leadership, other nations from across the globe will support it wholeheartedly to seek formal UN endorsement of “UN Kalam GlobalSat”, he said.