Plans to develop the ‘first nation state in space’ in a bid to be the ‘Guardians of the Earth’ have been unveiled by a team of scientists, engineers, businessmen and lawyers.
Asgardia, named in honour of an ancient mythological city in the skies, will be a prototype of the first ever nation state being created in space, the project website claims. The project is part of its efforts to expand peaceful exploration of space ‘for the benefit of humanity’.
According to the website, Asgardia “will offer an independent platform, free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws. It will become a place it in orbit which is truly ‘no man’s land’”.
It says Asgardia will have a free and unrestricted society, which holds knowledge, intelligence and science at its core along with the recognition of the ultimate value of each human life.
It intends to launch the first Asgardia satellite in 2017-18 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the world’s first ever satellite in orbit.
Asgardia technology development will be an ongoing and evolving process supported by inputs from experts in different parts of the world, individuals and collective organisations.
The website is also holding contests inviting designs for its national flag, emblem and anthem, although Asgardia has no official language.
According to the Guardian, project lead Igor Ashurbeyli said: “Physically the citizens of that nation state will be on Earth; they will be living in different countries on Earth, so they will be a citizen of their own country and at the same time they will be citizens of Asgardia.”
“When the number of those applications goes above 100,000, we can officially apply to the UN for the status of state,” he added.
According to the project website “any human living on Earth can become a citizen of Asgardia”, with the website featuring a simple registration form.