On 19 July 2017, thousands of people logged into the live Q&A; session with Lena De Winne, CEO and Vice-President of NGO Asgardia. Many have asked about why voting has been extended.
When asked who makes the ultimate decisions for these changes, De Winne replied: “Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli adjusts the course of action as we progress. We are building the first-ever space nation in human history, so we are adapting as we go along. Whatever you see implemented and communicated to you...this is all authorized by Dr. Ashurbeyli.”
There is a lot of support for the Constitution, she said, and it should be looked at as a starting point. “Some tens of thousands of people, worldwide, decided to be Asgardian and found that the Constitution, the way it’s written, is resonating with them. And yes, we are the first to recognize that it might be imperfect. Dr. Ashurbeyli in his press conference in Hong Kong stated that he was fully aware that there might be things that needed improving,” she said. “But the Constitution itself installs the civil process, and in this process citizens can put forward the petitions, including petitions for calling a referendum proposing specific changes in the Constitution.”
She asked Asgardians to hold off on petitions to amend the Constitution for just a few days. “The only thing we ask is, give us a few more days until the Constitution is finalized and voting is closed. Only after that start sending your suggestions to update the Constitution,” she pleaded.
The other reason important reason for extending the voting period is Asgardia’s satellite, De Winne commented. “The current launch on the Cygnus vehicle is scheduled and announced for 12 September. This means that the fully integrated satellite must go from Nanoracks to NASA in the coming two weeks. And before that it means that the hard disk with our data, all of your data and Asgardia’s data, must be integrated, tested that it will wake up in orbit, and it needs to be built into the satellite and shipped to NASA.”
“Only those who support the Constitution have the right to upload files to the satellite,” she explained. “One of the reasons we extended the vote is that more people can enjoy this opportunity. There is still memory available on the satellite and it’s only possible for the next 2-3 days for technical reasons for people to upload their file. Afterwards, it will only be after the satellite is deployed in orbit and that will be in a couple of months after the launch.”
Finally, addressing the number 100,00, De Winne said: “When the vote has reached 100,000, we will close the voting. It's a nice thing to leave as a legacy. Imagine you are going to be part of this legacy. The first 100,000 people who are supporting the Constitution of the first in world history space nation.”
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