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SpaceAholic
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posted 10-12-2016 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plans were announced today (Oct. 12) at a press conference in Paris to create the first new Space Nation to be called "Asgardia."
The first Asgardia satellite is planned to be launched in Autumn 2017, sixty years after the first ever satellite launch, and will mark a new era in the Space Age as the satellite will be independent of any current nation state on Earth: the satellite will comprise the nation itself, creating its own legal framework, flag and other symbols of nationhood.

The project team is being led by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, one of the Russian Federation's most distinguished scientists and founder of the Aerospace International Research Center (AIRC) in Vienna. In a separate event in Paris yesterday, he became chairman of UNESCO's 'Science of Space' committee. Dr Ashurbeyli has consulted a group of globally renowned scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and legal experts on the development of the concept.

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posted 10-12-2016 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This society has a contest for creating a flag, entries due by Jan. 20. So far, over 21,000 have registered to be in this "society."

Ironically, an "asgard" Stan Lee comic book based on the same concept, "Tales of Asgard," Journey Into Mystery #83, featured Thor. Will have to ask him if he is a member next time we meet.

Robert Pearlman
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It seems the intention of Asgardia is to advance space law beyond individual nation liability as defined by the Outer Space Treaty. From The Guardian:
At present, the Outer Space Treaty that underpins international space law states that responsibility and liability for objects sent into space lies with the nation that launched them.

But the project team claim that Asgardia will set a new precedent, shifting responsibility to the new "space nation" itself.

"The existing state agencies represent interests of their own countries and there are not so many countries in the world that have those space agencies," said Ashurbeyli.

"The ultimate aim is to create a legal platform to ensure protection of planet Earth and to provide access to space technologies for those who do not have that access at the moment."

"Citizenship" in Asgardia will be cut off (at least initially) at 100,000 people, the threshold to apply to the UN for the status of state.

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posted 10-13-2016 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I doubt we will see much come of this. As the article mentions there remains great liability for any country launching this. If Asgardia were to deorbit at a future date and in the the unlikely event it hits a populated area, those people impacted are going to seek redress from who? The way the law is written it would be the nation that launched the satellite. Maybe they can launch from Sealand.

Plus I can not see the UN recognizing a nation that has no people living in/on it. Just signing up to be a citizen will not count, they will actually have people and a significant number living in/on their country. Of course we are talking about the UN and they are not always rational/sane there.

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posted 11-16-2017 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On November 12, Asgardia launched the Asgardia-1 satellite, reports CNN.
The "nanosat" — it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread — undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS).

It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardia's citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation's flag, coat of arms and constitution.

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