This ‘space nation’ is launching with a satellite smaller than a shoebox

Igor Ashurbeyli, an Azerbaijani-born Russian, space aficionado and founder of the Vienna-based Aerospace International Research Center, calls himself “head of the nation” and is providing the funds to get the satellite project (and the idea of Asgardia) off the ground.

ASGARDIA-I, the nation’s first satellite, is scheduled to launch in late 2017 (probably September) from Cape Canaveral, piggybacking on a resupply trip to the International Space Station at the end of this year, according to a recent Federal Communications Commission filing.

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