APJ Kalam had a vision of all nations coming together to fight natural disasters. UN GlobalSat, a new global satellite with the same goal, will be renamed to honour his vision and will be called UN Kalam GlobalSat.
After the many honours he has already received, this may well be one that is close to the heart of our beloved APJ Abdul Kalam — the naming of a global satellite for disaster risk reduction after him.
GlobalSat for DRR, a global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction, proposed under the UN framework, is to be dedicated to Kalam. Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-EUrope-US-ASia) Organization on Space Technologies for Societal Applications, Canada, broke the news.
The idea for GlobalSat for DRR, which is UN-driven global initiative on sharing space technology for disaster risk reduction, first came into the picture at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held at Sendai, Japan, in March this year.
GlobalSat will share space and data segments and also serve individual nations in disaster management and developmental needs.
Since no single country can develop a complete set of technologies needed for forecast and control of natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, typhoons, etc., GlobalSat will create a globally interconnected disaster and environmental management system.
Kalam had envisioned nations joining hands to find solutions for mankind’s big problems in his ‘World Space Vision-2050’. And UN GlobalSat shares the same goal.
The satellite will be renamed UN Kalam GlobalSat to honour the great visionary.
After the formal approval, the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs will finalise the implementation of the new name at the proposed UN-India Workshop in early 2016.
The CANEUS team also hopes that this step will inspire many more people in science to find low cost solutions to disasters.