Dr K Kasturirangan, Member of Rajya Sabha and former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from India has been given the prestigious Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2005. The award recognises his achievements in developing space systems, research, development and production of space products. The award was presented on September 27, 2005 during the 8th Asia-Pacific Satellite Communication, Broadcasting and Space Conference & Exhibition at Singapore. Mr A Bhaskaranarayana, Programme Director, Satellite Communications Programme of ISRO, received the Award on behalf of Dr Kasturirangan.
It may be noted that India has made significant strides in the use of space systems for communication development, education and health. India has established one of the largest satellite communication systems in the Asia-Pacific region. APSCC is an international association representing all sectors of satellite related industries of the Asia-Pacific region and aims to promote satellite communications and broadcasting through regional cooperation for the social, cultural and economic prosperity of the region. As one of these activities, APSCC recognises organisations and individuals who have made significant contribution to the advancement of the satellite and space industry. The APSCC Awards commemorate the significant achievements and contributions of organisations and individuals.