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Kalam conferred Wernher von Braun Memorial Award
New Delhi, May 25, 2013
First Published: 15:26 IST(25/5/2013)
Last Updated: 15:36 IST(25/5/2013)

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was conferred with US-based National Space Society's (NSS) Wernher von Braun Memorial Award in San Diego.

The award instituted by NSS, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilisation, was conferred on Kalam at the International Space Development Conference last evening.

The honour is given to recognise excellence in management of and leadership in a space-related project, where the project is significant and successful and the manager commands the loyalty of a strong team that he has created.

At the conference, Kalam spoke about space-based solar power, which is attracting attention as a potential major global energy and electricity source.

He suggested the creation of the World Space Knowledge platform with a virtual laboratory for space industrialisation by US and India in collaboration with other spacefaring nations.

Kalam said the virtual laboratory for space solar power can bring a possible, workable and optimum solution particularly for transfer of such energy to terrestrial stations.

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