Kalam moots World Space Vision 2050

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Hyderabad, Sep 27 (UNI) Former President A P J Abdul Kalam today mooted World Space Vision 2050 visualising clean industrial belt in the Moon and alternative habitat in the Mars.

Addressing the scientists at the 58th International Aeronautical Conference here tonight, Dr Kalam said the World Space Vision 2050 would enhance the quality of human life, inspire the spirit of space exploration, expand the horizons of knowledge and ensure space security for all nations of the world.

He suggested creation of an International Space Force (ISF) made up of all space-faring nations and contribution to protect world space assets in a manner which would enable peaceful use of space on a global cooperative basis.

Observing the present capabilities of major space-faring nations were not optimally utilised, he said the launch vehicles of the world, the spacecraft, application potential, the space scientific research potential and above all the huge costs envisaged for space 2050 programmes would call for certain ''paradigm shift'' in nations to work together to bring the benefits of space to humanity as a whole.

He referred to the joint venture programme between India and Russia with the shared funding of 300 million US Dollar that resulted in the production of the world's first supersonic cruise missile 'Brahmos' and the Pan African e-Network initiative costing over 100 million USD for connecting 53 Pan African Nations for providing education, healthcare and e-governance services.

He suggested formation of two international teams to achieve the goal of low cost access to space.

Such an accomplishment would enable taking up mass missions that were not in the realm of individual nations hitherto.

A world space vision can trigger many youngsters towards hitherto ''impossible'' challenges.

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