Asgardia, The First Space Nation May Soon Become Reality

Posted: Oct 13 2016, 12:57pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 13 2016, 1:03pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

Asgardia, The First Space Nation May Soon Become Reality
An artist's concept of Asgardia - first nation in outer space. Credit: James Vaughan
 

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Scientists reveal the details of first ever nation in outer space

Scientists have revealed the plans of first ever nation established in outer space and they are inviting everyone to become Asgardians - the citizen of the state. 

Named Asgardia, after the mythological city of Norse in skies, the space nation is the brainchild of a Russian innovator and founder of Aerospace International Research Center, Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli. According to reports, a satellite will be launched to the space expectedly next year – on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Russia’s Sputnik satellite, which will be followed by a permanent space station. The satellite will be permanently inhabited by humans who work and socialize there as they do on Earth. The space nation will have its own rules, regulations, flag, anthem and everything which is associated with each nation on the Earth.

“Asgardia is a fully-fledged and independent nation, and a future member of the United Nations – with all the attributes this status entails.” Ashurbeyli said in a statement

The aims of the project are diverse including promoting peace and equality, creating a new legal platform for the exploration of near-Earth planets and deep space as well as protecting the Earth from space threats like solar storms and flares, meteorites, asteroids and space debris which could smash to our planet.

“Asgardia is also unique from a philosophical aspect -- to serve entire humanity and each and everyone, regardless of his or her personal welfare and the prosperity of the country where they happened to be born," said Ashurbeyli.

“It’s time to create a new judicial reality in space.”

A website has also been launched with the announcement of space nation’s creation where people are also encouraged to sign up for citizenship . They can participate in the competition of making Asgardia's anthem, insignia and flag. Once the website cross the mark of 100,000 applicants for citizenship, Asgardia will become eligible to apply for a nation status in United Nations.

“The project is creating a new framework for ownership and nationhood in space, which will adapt current outer space laws governing responsibility, private ownership and enterprise so they are fit for purpose in the new era of space exploration,” said Ashurbeyli.

“By creating a new space nation, private enterprise, innovation and the further development of space technology to support humanity will flourish free from tight restrictions of state control that currently exists.”

More details about the project can be read here.

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