Canada: A global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction — GlobalSat for DRR — proposed under the UN framework is to be dedicated to APJ Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist and former Indian president who died July 27. The statement was made by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman of CANEUS (CANada-Europe–US-ASia) Organisation on Space Technologies for Societal Applications headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
The ‘GlobalSat for DRR’ is a UN-driven global initiative on sharing space technology for disaster risk reduction, Mr. Pimprikar told IANS. Launch of the new satellite was mooted at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held at Sendai in Japan this March. According to Pimprikar, the GlobalSat was proposed in response to the need for a globally interconnected disaster and environmental management system since no single country can afford to develop a complete set of sensors and satellite systems needed for forecasting, monitoring and mitigating disasters like floods, drought, typhoons, earthquakes, etc.
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