Last year, a Russian scientist founded a group which welcomed people of all nationalities to become citizens of a ‘space kingdom’, called Asgardia. Now, this new nation has launched a satellite into space, which has just reached the International Space Station. This satellite should work as the nation’s territory, fulfilling the last condition imposed by UN for the founding of a new state.
Asgardia’s satellite has already reached the International Space Station
The satellite in question is called Asgardia-1, and was sent on Earth’s orbit aboard an Antares rocket and Cygnus, a spacecraft manufactured by Orbital ATK. Asgardia-1 contains the nation’s constitution, together with important documents and messages from those who signed up to be its citizens.
Yesterday, it reached the International Space Station. In mid-December, the internal computer of the satellite will release it into space, to perform its own orbit around Earth. From then on, it will become an independent object and, at the same time, territory.
Asgardia wants to promote peace and bring people together
The creator of Asgardia is a scientist and businessman of Russian and Azerbaijani origin, Igor Ashurbeyli. When he named the nation, he took inspiration from Asgard, a world in the Norse mythology where gods like Odin and Thor lived. This was supposed to be a ‘space kingdom’ that everybody could join, regardless of nationality or religion.
The purpose of Asgardia was to bring people together and promote peace, and offer anybody a chance to go into space. To become citizens, people need to send their name, birthdate, email, and a statement saying they accept the constitution based on fairness, equality, peace, morality, and dignity.
To declare a nation as an independent state, UN has a few requirements. It has to have a constitution, currency, government and, most importantly, a territory. The last one seemed hard to fulfill, but this is precisely the purpose of the satellite. Also, it is supposed to form a protective field around Earth, which should keep radiation and asteroids away.
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