Now, we know concept images are just, that concepts. But for a company apparently trying to be taken seriously, it probably doesn’t help that they’re posting fanciful illustrations of structures that will never be built anytime soon.
This was not the only weird thing from the press conference. Asgardia plans to form the Parliament of Asgardia in six months. It also revealed a “national calendar” with three, like, bank holidays? I guess. They are National Unity Day (18 June), Asgardia’s birthday (12 October), and Year Day (31 December). I didn’t make that last one up, I promise.
That’s not all. You can also apply to be a “member of Parliament” for Asgardia, with a number of positions open. You’ll need to amass a following of about 10,000 people to do so, though. And from June 18, you can also vote for the nation’s constitution, flag, and national anthem.
To vote, you’ll need to be a registered citizen, which you can do on Asgardia’s site. They claim to have more than 190,000 registered citizens from 200 countries, making them the 185th biggest country in the world in terms of population.
Asgardia says their inaugural satellite will be a stepping stone to a larger network of satellites. These will be used to find asteroids, monitor solar flares, and track space debris. This is perhaps a more realistic goal than building a giant Stanford Torus in orbit. But if that’s just a joke, then I’m not sure what the punchline is.