This Wednesday, October 12, 2016, the very first space nation was born, called Asgardia. The purpose of the creation of this nation by scientists, astronauts and lawyers is to protect the whole world, not a few nations, with a giant satellite that they want to launch in 2017/2018.
Welcome to Asgardia, officially the first space nation since this Wednesday, October 12. The project was started by a group of scientists, lawyers and astronauts. Their goal ? » Democratize space and to create a protective shield for humanity against space dangers and threats to life on earth, whether man-made or natural, such as space debris, solar radiation, asteroid collisions, etc.“.
Indeed, if some space agencies are already working in this direction, they generally defend their interests, and not the global interest. » Existing agencies and states only represent their interests, not those of the world. And only a few countries in the world have such space agencies“, can we read in a press release. Thus, for » protect the whole earth“, it is a giant satellite which could be launched in 2017/2018 to then establish a space city there, which will be a place where “ people will be able to live, work and have their own laws and rules “says one of the project members to the Business Insider site. However, the explanations regarding this satellite are very insufficient on their website.
The project could not be more serious, thus, an application for membership of Asgardia at the UN has already been formulated and it is possible for everyone to send an application for Asgardian citizenship. At the time these lines are written, there are already nearly 160,000 Asgardians. A legal framework specific to this nation will be designated to ensure the peaceful exploitation of space without being constrained by terrestrial laws. » This promises exciting developments, it will be very interesting to see how [la requête d’Asgardia] evolved. They will encounter considerable obstacles in terms of international space law. But what they are asking for is a complete overhaul of the current legislative framework we know about space Christopher Newman, a space law expert at the University of Sunderland, told the Guardian about Asgardia’s application for UN membership.
Sources: businessinsider, guardian, motherboard