So, the "Space for Anyone" decade has been launched!
At this very moment we are witnessing both the birth of the first space nation ever and non-governmental, commercial, spaceflight capabilities. Space agencies consider that their professional Astronauts, having opened the route to low earth orbit, will from now on explore new worlds and outer space, following the moon, asteroides Mars' moons and Mars itself. A large choice of space tourism or spaceflight participant experience, from ZeroG flights to inflatable space hotels in orbit, not forgetting sub-orbital and orbital flights will, not so late, be accessible in great numbers. The spaceports will also be catalysts of globalised exchanges with sub -orbital transcontinental flights bringing Hong Kong to two hours from Paris.
The first astronauts were selected for to their resistance, their operational capacity to take risks, among test pilots, as physiological unknown factors were major. For the needs of long-term manned missions, they had to look at profiles that were more scientific, mixed, balanced, flexible, collaborative, as it's easy to imagine the consequences of a powerful personality, when tempermental... Up until now professional astronauts had to have particularly solid academic and operational pre-requisites. From now on or in the very near future, the psychological characteristics sought and the preparation time necessary for deep Space missions, the most important and the rarest won't be the candidate's background but more his profile in particular. Furthermore, thanks to Asgardia, frontiers disappear and 90% of earthlings without any space program available to date are now welcome on board. While many may be allowed to dream of becoming an astronaut, that point will surely render the generations of today more starry-eyed than ever, with direct and indirect benefits, worldwide.
We are incredibly lucky to be alive at an exceptional moment in time in the four billion years history of life on earth. We will break through new frontiers we never dared imagine in the coming decades, the ultimate frontier. It's up to us to anticipate this evolution to take the right measures -ethic, humanitary, environmental- concerning the risks ultimately linked to these issues. A coherent vision of what we should expect and one we should lean to together, leaving everything to intuition, creativity, enlightened human ingenuity, will open a fabulous array of possibilities. Some are already en route taking very decided steps towards this new civilisation's perspective. Asgardia is part and core of such a movement. You may choose whether to hop onto the space train or not, but despite all the challenges and imperfections -think the constitution as the starter of the civil process- the way towards what we know and will find out about ourselves, to a grown world, an environment as necessary for a positive humanism, rather than to be limited, will be the truest voyage, to undertake together.