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Bombs, satellites and kids: the exciting world of APJ

President APJ Abdul Kalam never fails to amuse me.

The President's latest scheme is for the launch of an International Youth satellite, to provide connectivity to students and universities around the globe.

True to form, before going public on his Youth Satellite scheme, the President telephoned Madhavan Nair, Chairman of ISRO, from Moscow, and briefed him about the scheme. Only after that, he spoke about it publicly, first at the Moscow University and then before the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Expanding on the President's latest satellite scheme from Geneva, Prof N Balakrishnan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said: ''It should take about two years before satellites can be located to provide world students a connectivity programme.''

Added V Ponraj, Technical head of the Rashtrapati Bhavan: ''The ISRO chief told the President that he feels such a satellite programme will greatly help the youth of the world and that the ISRO will give the necessary back-up.''

He said that since President Putin was the first world leader with whom the youth satellite was discussed, the two countries would soon need to formalize an agreement on the subject, maybe, with a Memorandum of Understanding.

(Source: Kalam latest: an eye in the sky for the young - by Ritu sarin in The Indian Express.)

Now I am a little dumb, as artsees always are, but what kind of 'connectivity' will a satellite provide to world youth that the internet already does not?

Please help me understand APJ Abdul Kalam.

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-- Blogger Saurav Arya, 5/29/2005 07:12:00 am

[:D] [=D>] ..even i m eager to know tht...[:P]    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/29/2005 01:27:00 pm

Indranil Das Gupta said on email:

Apparently, the same thing that EduSat is supposed to do for Indian
Colleges and Universities. Launched into orbit in Sep 2004, AFAIK, the
bird isn't yet "doing" much. The phase I was announced with great
fanfare, with the likes of VTU being involved in the phase, for distance
education, educational TV programming and connectivity in areas without
telephone/internet infrastructure.

Rumors afloat suggest that ISRO hasn't yet encashed the demand draft for
supply of Phase - I SITs (satellite connectivity terminals) as one of
the private sector suppliers have fallen short in delivering the goods.
But that may be just be a baseless "rumor" ;-)    

-- Blogger shaun, 5/31/2005 09:38:00 pm

Deepankar Bhattacharyya said in an email:

hi Shivam,

sometimes satellites may be more useful in our search for optimum use of ICT, especially when one finds it useful to leapfrog earlier technologies such as an inefficient telephone system - check out the following article on Kenya's attempt.

Thanks, that helps!    

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