The world’s first space nation has been made.
The new nation is named Asgardia.
The new nation is a test of technology and space exploration.
The small cube (Asgardia) was on board the Orbital ATK Antares rocket that launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in May 2018.
Over 300,000 people signed up online to become “citizens” of the nation.
The main privilege of citizenship so far involves the right to upload data to Asgardia-1 for safekeeping.
This means that data can be stored away from governments and laws of Earth-bound countries.
But if you really dig down into Asgardia’s terms and conditions, you’ll find that those privileges are still subject to earthly copyright laws — they’re set up under the laws of Austria.
For those think of joining Asgardia you might want to think again. At this stage its statehood isn’t acknowledged because the nation has no physical place on earth.