The consortium plans to launch the first Asgardia satellite in 2017, with the project developing from there.
Of the 196 nation states on Earth, just thirteen – USSR, USA, France, Japan, China, UK, India, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Iran, South Korea and North Korea – and one regional organisation, the European Space Agency, ESA, have launched satellites.
Professor David Alexander, Director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University, Houston, Texas said: “The mission of Asgardia to create opportunities for broader access to space, enabling non-traditional space nations to realise their scientific aspirations is exciting.”
The team is planning a state-of-the-art protective shield for all humankind from cosmic man-made and natural threats to life on earth such as space debris, coronal mass ejections and asteroid collisions.
There are estimated to be more than 20,000 traceable objects of man-made space debris (MSD) including non-active spacecraft, upper-stage rockets and final stage vehicles as well as fragments of craft that potentially pose a dangerous situation in near-Earth orbits.