Space Nation Wants To Launch Its Satellite!
June 16, 2017
‘Space Nation’ Asgardia is planning to launch its first satellite into space.
It is a non-profit organization based out of Vienna (Austria) and led by Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli that wants to form an entire nation beyond Earth. Their plan is to create the world’s first “space nation” called Asgardia. The name has been derived from the Norse mythology in which Asgard was a city in the skies. It aims to create a mirror of humanity in space but without Earthly division into states, religions and nations. Hundreds of thousands of people have registered to become citizens and will soon vote on a constitution.
Its plan to launch a satellite will mark its first step towards creating a space nation. The spacecraft is a nanosatellite, or “nanosat,” that will be about the size of a loaf of bread. The Asgardia-1 nanosat won’t do much more than orbit Earth, but it will carry a 512-GB drive pre-loaded with data selected by Asgardia’s first 1.5 million citizens.
HOW WILL IT BE LAUNCHED?
The nanosat will launch aboard Orbital ATK’s upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 12, 2017, riding inside a cargo spacecraft that NASA has contracted to deliver supplies to astronauts in space. Once the spacecraft docks at the space station, the crew will pop Asgardia-1 inside a special nanosat dispenser and push it into orbit.