The Asgardia-1 Satellite
On November 12, 2017, Asgardia launched its first satellite into orbit, Asgardia-1. For the first time in the history of humanity, the territory of a nation is now located off the surface of the planet Earth. As a matter of fact, the only law which holds the territory of a country to the surface of the planet Earth is the Law of Gravity. The visionary thinking of Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli has led to the first ever independent national territory in space. The Asgardia-1 satellite is Asgardia’s sovereign territory and carries with it the data of our citizens, key information such as its national symbols (coat of arms, flag, anthem), the nation’s constitution, and our dreams for the future.
The Asgardia-1 was launched on a Cygnus vehicle by Orbital ATK as part of an International Space Station resupply mission that took place on on November 12, 2017. The satellite was manufactured by NearSpace Launch Inc. and integrated for launch and deployment into orbit by NanoRacks and its launch took place at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Center.
Upon its launch, the satellite delivered half a terabyte of data to space. It’s a two-unit CubeSat measuring 10 cm × 10 cm × 20 cm (4 in × 4 in × 8 in) at a weight of 2.8 kg (6.2 lb). The Asgardia-1 Satellite has a 512 gigabyte solid-state storage drive because the satellite’s mission is to showcase the long-term storage of data on a solid-state storage device operating in low Earth orbit.
The satellite is expected to have a lifetime of 5 years. On the official Asgardia government website, asgardia.space, there is a map that is continuously updated to show the location of Asgardia-1 in its orbit, hosted by NearSpace Launch, Inc. Asgardia-1 (NORAD satellite identification number 43049) is also being tracked by Satflare.
Currently, the Asgardia-1 Satellite is continuing its orbit around the Earth and circumvents the globe approximately every 90 minutes. The data stored in this device is periodically checked for data integrity and functionality. Data monitoring consists of temperature, voltage, battery condition, altitude, global positioning, speed / velocity, radiation dosing, as well the “ping” – and we periodically check for the number of files.
How it Works
Asgardia-1 transmits to satellites in LEO, which then send a signal to ground stations all over the world. That data is sent across the internet to a portal owned and operated by Near Space Launch (East Coast US, West Coast US, and in New Mexico, US for triple redundancy).
According to the Globalstar website, just like “bent-pipes”, or mirrors in the sky, the Globalstar constellation of Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites detects signals from more than 80 percent of the Earth’s surface, everywhere outside the extreme polar regions and some mid-ocean regions.
Once a second satellite detects the signal and contacts the same terrestrial gateway, it starts to simultaneously transmit so even if buildings or terrain block the signal, this “soft-handoff” prevents interruption. The second satellite maintains transmission of the original signal to the terrestrial “gateway”.
Terrestrial gateways are a key component to Globalstar’s strategy for keeping crucial technology and equipment easily accessible. This helps makes the Globalstar system and its services easier to manage, expand, and improve.
Send your Data to Space!
Asgardian residents are invited to upload their files to asgardia.space for transfer to the Asgardia-1 satellite! This is the only opportunity in the world for a regular individual to send their data to space for no other particular reason than because they are members of Asgardia. No other nation has ever offered something like this before. It’s a unique chance and in the future file storage will also be available on other Asgardia satellites and platforms.
Not only will your information join the ranks of Asgardia’s legal documents, national symbols, and the database of all citizens and residents who accepted the Constitution but once you’ve joined, you’ll be part of a global networking of forward-looking people, helping to protect our planet and future generations, and even helping to shape the future of Space Law. Let your voice be heard!
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