I am awaiting an announcement on this topic with excitement, just like everyone else. But here we can speculate as to what it will be.
I would like to see a launch of a Station Core. Now there are a lot of technical aspects to consider if it will be a Station Core appose to a Communication Satellite. I would imagine that a Station Core, designed with a habitat aspect to it, would provide Asgardia with territory. I'm not sure that is a goal or even required for recognition by the UN.
Now obviously designing with a habitat aspect to something you are hurling off the planet's surface is quite involved. I don't think a fully capable habitat is required. A modular core with remote/auto pilot capabilities, propulsion, power, heat sink, internal cavity, communication capabilities, docking coupling, ect. would probably be a feat unto itself but I think still a good start. Like I said, it is quite involved but that would provide Asgardia with an expandable territory in which to claim some sort of sovereignty. If that is even necessary.
On the other hand, a simple communication satellite would probably be symbolic but, as stated above, would be simpler to launch like a cubsat. I'm still fuzzy on what purpose that would serve. And as it requires quite a lot of resources (time, money, and personnel), I don't think it would be wise to be wasteful.
There are probably smarter people than me working on this. Definitely with more resources then me. If someone has personal money they want to pitch into it that's great. It's their resources not mine so who am I to tell them what to do.
Just some thoughts I have been rolling around my head.
- Adam Spears