Asgardia, The World’s First Space Nation, Successfully Launches Its First Satellite

Posted: Nov 18 2017, 5:11am CST | by , Updated: Nov 18 2017, 5:44am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Asgardia, the World’s First Space Nation, Successfully Launches its First Satellite
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The first space nation has officially left Earth. The hope is to create a peaceful society in space and to defened Earth from space threats

The first nation in space is finally becoming a reality.

On November 12, the space nation Asgardia has successfully launched its first satellite aboard a commercial spacecraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Although the satellite is only the size of a loaf of bread, it marks a significant step towards creating a nation existing entirely in space. The nanosat, Asgardia 1, will remain in orbit for up to five years before burning out in space.

“We are delighted to announce therefore that the Asgardia space kingdom has now established its sovereign territory in space.” The online statement reads.

The formation of Asgarida was announced in 2016 by a Russian scientist Igor Ashurbeyli. The space nation, which is named after Norse mythology's city in the skies, will be permanently inhabited by humans and it would have a government, a flag, a national anthem, insignia and all the things that are attributed to full-fledged, independent nations on Earth. If everything goes according to the plan, the nation would apply to become a member of United Nations.

The main objective of Asgardia is to create a peaceful society that will serve the entire humanity regardless of their interests and origin. The nation will also offer easier access to space technologies and missions to mine asteroids and will protect Earth from asteroids, space debris, and other space threats.

“Today, only 20 countries on Earth out of about 200 have a space presence, and have, for example, plans to mine in space and lay claim to exclusivity and monopoly. New space law has to equally protect the interests of every human being on Earth.” Asgardia website reads.

Becoming a citizen of Asgardia is also essential to enjoy these benefits. Asgardia is supposed to hold up to 100,000 citizens. Last year, people were asked to register their name and it was also said that the first 100,000 applicants would be granted citizenship of Asgardia.

“Of course, special preference will be given to the first hundred thousand people who apply prior to the launch of the first satellite - and all the typical citizenship procedures that are used on Earth will be followed. This does not mean Asgardian citizenship will not be available to all people on Earth, regardless of their earthly jurisdiction.”

The project is jointly funded by Asgardia founding member Igor Ashurbeyli and led in part by Ram Jakhu, the director of McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law.

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