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A private organization called Asgardia has announced its intention to develop the first nation to be entirely based in space at a press conference in Hong Kong.
A fairly large number of people have already signed up to join the incredibly ambitious project and become members of the burgeoning space nation. Initially, Asgardia told their participants, who are referred to as Asgardians, that they would be able to upload data to their satellite including photographs and messages.
Each person who signed up for the service was allotted 300kb of data which they would upload. A representative from Asgardia said that this venture was ‘historic’, “These are historic days, and your names and data will forever stay in the memory of the new space humanity, as they will be reinstalled on every new Asgardia satellite we launch, ” said Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli who is leading the project.
Many people who signed up for the service assumed that Asgardia was only going to be a data storage service and that they were not contributing to the foundations that would lead to a genuine space nation. However, representatives from the company have made it clear today that their goal is to develop a real nation that exists in space.
At a press conference in Hong Kong, representatives from Asgardia said that they planned to build an enormous station in space that would be equipped to allow people to live there. Concept images from the company indicate that they are planning to build a gigantic space station along with an enormous number of flying vehicles to meet transportation needs.
Whether the extraordinarily ambitious project will actually be pulled off by the company remains to be seen, but it is now clear that the workers on the project are advancing in earnest. The next step in the development of the project is to launch a small cubeset on an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft from Wallops Island in the state of Virginia in September of this year. Following that, a hard drive will be launched from the International Space Station which the company intends to have orbited the Earth for a period of five years.
— Asgardia (@AsgardiaSpace) 13. Juni 2017