Sep 6, 18 / Lib 25, 02 16:34 UTC
Project Valhalla ¶
As many are no doubt aware, putting people into space takes a lot of time, resources and co-operation between nations. There is also an ongoing question of legality and liability, as since there is no currently manned facility in space to represent Asgardia, it cannot be considered an independent nation state until there is. Asgardia-1 was launched into orbit last year, but it may still take a decade (maybe two) to be considered independent, unless we have a presence on Earth to represent this sovereign territory, supported by the UN… the question is, where?
An idea I came up with for this was in 2009, after I entered one of those enterprise competitions for new business proposals at University. The only real area suitable to represent all countries, creeds and religions is open ocean. Here, a metropolitan, mobile Arcology could contain its own housing, vertical agricultural and fisheries decks, a trade port, a carriage-based transit system for vertical and horizontal travel, and even an 'Asgardia University' and embassy.
To support 250,000 people (210,000 permanent residents, and up to 40,000 part-time residents and/or visitors), it is likely a city may be four miles in diameter and 1.5 miles tall. The city would be a symmetrical "hypercarrier" (part megastructure, part naval vessel) with its design drawing inspiration from the Flower of Life; organising different sections into Seed of Life modules, where the transit network, renewable generators and ship systems weave through them. This would allow it to easily circumnavigate the globe, and it could be equipped with trusses around its circumference to protect the city from storms and tsunamis.
As a city composed of all nations who signed the Asgardia Charter, it would become an initiative for global research, possibly offering far greater insight into marine research as we push into space. If the city could conduct launch operations as well (perhaps as a central spire with an inner ring for the university and embassy, supported by international space agencies), it is conceivable facilities there could serve as an astronaut training hub for Asgardia Station, as it is gradually expanded, and remain as an immigration point once it is complete.
I still have the original business plan I wrote, though have recently learned much about writing them, so believe considerable revision will be required. However, I am willing to work with Asgardia's Government and Legislature into making this plan viable, for possible construction.