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The united nations has announced its decision to name a new global satellite after former president of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who was a renowned scientists and space technology expert.
The new satellite called, GlobalSat is a result of collaboration from 150 partner nations for observation of Earth and Disaster Risk Reduction.MilindPimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (Canada-Europe-US-Asia) said that the decision to name the satellite after Dr Kalam is to honor the pioneer scientist as well ISRO, India’s premier space agency.Pimprikar said the decision to honour him is befitting as Dr.Kalam gave his “World Space Vision-2050” that encouraged nations to come together and explore solution to recurrent natural disasters, acute energy crunch and lack of basic health-care, education, water and natural disasters.
Pimprikar said it would be apt to name the satellite after him as the satellite initiative is meant for similar goals. The ‘GlobalSat’ satellite is a part of the initiative by 150 UN nations to share technology and vision to prepare for natural disasters. The need for a global satellite to cater to all nations was taken at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.