Welcome to the first installment in my series of Let’s Talk Asgardia! Today I want to address some of the confusion in regards to the Asgardia-1 satellite and the upload limits to its database.
About Asgardia-1 Satellite
Asgardia Citizens and the Satellite
Limits and Types of Data Storage
The Asgardia-1 satellite was entirely funded by Head of Nation Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli. It was manufactured in cooperation between Asgardia and Nanoracks LLC by NearSpace Launch Inc . NanoRacks LLC is providing end-to-end launch services for Asgardia-1 satellite.
Asgardia-1 is a “2U” CubeSat, it’s dimensions are 10 x 10 x 20 cm (3.94 X 3.94 x 7.87 in) and weighs approximately 2.8 kg (6.17 lbs). It will have four deployable solar arrays and will primarily be a data storage satellite with a solid state drive of 0.5 terabytes (500 gigabytes or 500,000 megabytes apprx).
A CubeSat belongs to a category of nanosatellites (1-10 kg/2-22lbs). It is made of a cube structure (thus the name CubeSat) and each cube has size 10 x 10 x 10 cm (3.94 X 3.94 X 3.94 in).
About the launch and deployment of Asgardia-1
The scheduled date for the launch of Asgardia-1 is set for Fall 2017. Even though there is a preliminary launch schedule for some months to come, spaceflight is still an experimental domain and it is traditional to announce launch dates much closer to the launch.
Asgardia-1 will be part of a payload included in an Orbital ATK Antares rocket carrying the ninth Cygnus cargo vehicle to the International Space Station. The launch will be from the NASA Wallops Flight Center in Chincoteague Island, Virginia USA.
Asgardia-1 was originally planned to be part of a Space X payload launching out of Cape Canaveral, Florida later in the year. Since an opportunity for an earlier launch presented itself the Head of Nation decided to advance the launch.
The cargo vehicle will deliver Asgardia-1 to the ISS and stay as a part of the ISS assembly for a period of approximately 2 months. After the de-docking it will fly further up to perform another part of experimental programme. This will include deployment of Asgardia-1.
Once deployed, Asgardia-1 will have an approximate orbital period (the time it takes for it to circle the Earth) of 92.57 minutes. It will be travelling at about 7.8 kilometers per second (or 4.85 miles per second) which would be 28,000 kilometers per hour (or 17,500 miles per hour).
Asgardia citizens and Asgardia-1
Asgardia-1 will contain a database of all Asgardian legal documents and symbols, the adopted the Declaration of Unity and the Constitution of Asgardia, as well as the personal files submitted by Asgardia citizens. The database will be given to NanoRacks on 04 August, 0001 (20 July 2017) where it we will uploaded onto Asgardia-1 prior to launch.
After launch, there will be times in which the database onboard Asgardia-1 will be able to be updated. The first time it will happen is after the deployment, or in other words not before November 2017.
Before and after launch, all Asgardian citizens (up to the first 1.5 million) who have accepted the Constitution of Asgardia will be allowed to upload their files to the www.asgardia.space website for free to be added to the database that will be added to and updated on Asgardia-1.
After that free storage will not be offered.
All the files which Asgardia people have uploaded will be permanently be kept on Asgardia satellites thus providing a continuous virtual presence of all people of Asgardia in space.
Limits and Types of Data Storage
There are currently three amounts of virtual upload space being provided to Asgardia citizens.
- The first 100,000 citizens can submit up to 500KB per-person to Asgardia-1. (Those whose certificate of Asgardia number is between 1 and 100,000)
- The next 400,000 citizens can submit up to 200KB. (Starting with number 100 001 of certificate of Asgardia ad counting the next 400 000 people)
- The next million citizens after that to register and accept the Constitution can submit up to 100KB each.
After that, free storage will be closed.
Determining Your Storage Amount
Seeing your storage amount you are in is quite easy. First log into asgardia.space profile. Go to the satellite upload page and on the bottom left corner, above the upload button, it will show you the amount of upload space you have been provided or on the ‘Upload Your File’ page after you click on the ‘upload file’ button.
EDIT: I earlier stated that you can confirm your upload limit by checking your Asgardia ID number, this was incorrect. My apologies! What is displayed above the upload button or on the upload page are where you can confirm your upload amount.
Types of files and copyrights
You can upload four different types of files to the website.
Text files must be in .txt format.
Image files can be any image type but remember some types are larger than others
Video files must be in .mp4 format
Audio files can be either .mp3 or .aac format
All material uploaded must be either be your own or copyright free material. Asgardia respects copyrights, trademark rights, other intellectual property rights. Any files found violating that will be deleted from the site upon discovery.
In case of the copyright violation it will be a responsibility of a person to face any legal consequences. Asgardia is providing storage space with clearly identified conditions of how to use it. Violation of the rules is under the responsibility of each user.
Private or not private?
Currently, there is a contest being run that you can enter when you upload your file to the Asgardia.space website. It allows you to post your file publicly to be voted on by pressing ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ and the one with the most ‘like’ votes will win expanded space. These will always be public.
However, if you choose not to enter the contest, you will have three options. Public will show your file to the public, including ones not logged into the Asgardia.space website. Friends only will display only to those you have added to your friends. Private is just that, private and no one can see the file except the moderation teams.
I hope that this first installment of Let’s Talk has cleared up any questions the community has about the satellite. If I have missed anything, please email your questions to email@example.com and they will be able to answer them for you!
Head of Community Affairs