Asgardia, First Nation State in Space Founded in October 2016
I am Citizen Number 12,247 of the nation state Asgardia, a country founded in an announcement on October 10, 2016 as the first human space nation. By December 2017, we had 300,000 members.— Patty Inglish, citizen member of Asgardia
The Japan-USA Coalition Has Competition
The United States and Japan united to form an aerospace air force for the purpose of eliminating space junk from low-Earth orbit beginning around 2017 to 2019. Another goal is surely to provide surveillance and protection of the Earth as these two nations see fit and necessary.
Originally established in December 1958. the United Nations has developed an interest in aerospace exploration and business since Autumn 2015, initiating new committees and partnerships and to address related possibilities.
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) promotes international cooperation for peaceful use and exploration of space, including aerospace space science and technologies for sustainable economic and social development. This applies to any member country of the United Nations.
A major UN development is the announcement in October 2016 of Asgardia, the first nation state in space. Its initial purpose was declared as clearing space debris from low-Earth orbit and protecting our planet from asteroid collisions. Another purpose is to build a community that is self governing and which will draft its own laws. The sense I have is that the nation will be largely Libertarian in nature.
The space nation Asgardia is reminiscent of that of the futurist television program "Babylon 5."
The mission of Asgardia to create opportunities for broader access to space, enabling non-traditional space nations to realize their scientific aspirations is exciting— Dr. David Alexander, 10/12/2016
United Nations Involvement
UN aerospace committees want to provide space-faring opportunities to developing countries that cannot afford to launch into space on their own. Several astronauts from smaller countries could serve on the space station of Asgardia or some type of joint project of the United Nations.
For all the altruism posited, other motivations include money, power, and control of near-Earth orbits, followed by leadership in missions to Mars, the asteroid belt beyond it cor commercial mining, and Jupiter. Space tourism activities and military agendas are interwoven into these matters.
Founders of the First Space Nation
Country of Origin
Aerospace International Research Center and United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
Joseph N. Pelton
Director, Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute at George Washington University
The Space Institute at Rice University
Space and Advanced Communications Research Institute
European Space Agency Cosmonaut
Designing a Space Station Community
Some initial designs for the space station are heavily influenced by the Disney presentation of the 1960s.
At the US Army's Redstone Arsenal. Dr. Von Braun designed an inflatable rotating wheel that would provide Earth gravity (1 G) for habitation.
The wheel was scheduled for several missions that included a way station for space exploration, a meteorological observatory, and a navigation aid. The illustration is by Chesley Bonestell.
The projected launch date of the space station is on or around the 60th anniversary date of the launch of the USSR's Sputnik satellite in 1959 during the Cold War, in the year 2019. However, a satellite (cubesat) the size of a one-half gallon milk carton was sent to the ISS in the name of Asgardia in late 2017.
What is a Space Nation?
According to international law on Earth, a “nation” is a population or set of populations that live under special regulations, but are not required to form an independent country.
Native North American and Canadian First Nations are good prototypes of this definition. For example, Iroquois Confederation members have their own passports for Lacrosse tournaments abroad.
In order to become a nation or independent state, a majority of United Nations member countries need to recognize the space nation Asgardia.
The founders intend to present a request for such to the UN after 100,000 individuals over the age of 18 sign up for citizenship. That could occur by mid-October 2016. However, there is no system in place for vetting members. All that is needed is a name and email address. At 5:45 pm EDT on October 13, Asgardia had collected 83,988 citizens.
Representatives of Russia's AIRC state they will set up the initial government. For additional information about laws and regulations in near-Earth orbit and outer space, see the Journal of Space Law.
A 1949 Space Nation was Rejected
Back in 1949, Mr. James Mangan filed documents in Cook County, Illinois to claim all of space outside of Earth's orbit as the nation Celestia, with the aim of banning nuclear testing in the atmosphere.
The United Nations ignored him, even though he persisted with his claim until 1970.
Why Join Asgardia?
One of the best ways to keep in touch with ongoing space-race developments is to join projects such as Asgardia and groups like The Planetary Society and the Mars Society.
Another way to be informed of aerospace activities is to read the websites of America's top asteroid mining and space vehicle manufacturing companies:
- Planetary Resources
- The 100 or so companies in the NASA Commercial Crew.
For new partnerships in aviation and aerospace endeavors, read the NASA and Civil Air Patrol websites as well as a good variety of online newspapers that include sources in America, Canada, the UK, and Australia.
A Nation of freedom, peace, and equality throughout the vastness of space.— Cekestia Motto
A latecomer to the reporting of the space nation announcement at the end of the first day of commentary published that she listened to the announcement in Russian, which she does not speak or understand; that it was garbled, the English translation was garbled, and therefore the project makes no sense.
It more likely seems that politics, competition, and controversy surrounding space exploration and control are more likely the problems, rather than the Russian language. Competition with the ISS and international relationships forged there is undoubtedly an unspoken fear.
Is Russia in a Hurry?
In the late 2010s, several newer space races are operating concurrently: races to the moon, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Jupiter's moons, and new space stations in near-Earth orbit.
This is an old story, that of the USSR-USA space race of the Cold War, but this time with additional participants and end points. This is an exciting time in which to live.
© 2016 Patty Inglish