UN GlobalSat: Naming After Abdul Kalam, a Befitting Tribute to Astrophysicist

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The former President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivering key note address on “Strength Respects Strength”, at the 5th Admiral A.K. Chatterji Memorial Lecture, in Kolkata on April 11, 2015.

In a befitting tribute to the former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a UN-sponsored global satellite will be named after him.

The satellite, GlobalSat, is an effort of 150 partner nations for observation of Earth and Disaster Risk Reduction and the decision to name it after Dr Kalam came when Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (Canada-Europe-US-Asia) headquartered in Montreal, Canada, said the decision was taken at its recent meeting to honour the pioneer scientist of missiles and satellite technologies along with ISRO.

Pimprikar has explained that the move will be a befitting defended the move citing Dr. Kalam’s “World Space Vision-2050” that espoused the global nations to come together in exploring the solution to recurrent natural disasters, acute energy crunch and lack of basic health-care, education, water and weather-prone nature’s fury. Since the UN-sponsored satellite initiative is meant for similar goals, Pimprikar said the satellite would be an apt tribute to the departed leader who vouched for it for over a decade.

Otherwise, ‘GlobalSat’ satellite is the outcome of 150 UN nations to share technology and vision to prepare for natural disasters and the idea came after the world witnessed in shock the devastation caused by Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. A dedicated satellite to answer the needs of the entire globe was taken up at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015, three years after the disaster.

The upcoming satellite will be named after Dr Abdul Kalam and the decision is likely to be approved by the member nations in the September UN session, which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is supposed to attend.

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