Dec 23, 16 / Cap 22, 00 18:15 UTC

Asgardia: Science and Technological Careers  

Within these two subjects, what careers do you deem necessary to the development of Asgardia? Before and after the construction of the space nation? Please be specific in writing out the job titles and descriptions.

  Last edited by:  Christian Sheppard (Asgardian)  on Dec 23, 16 / Cap 22, 00 18:17 UTC, Total number of edits: 1 time

Dec 30, 16 / Cap 29, 00 12:55 UTC

I believe to start, the station will need plenty of engineers just to get things started. I think a station and project of this magnitude shouldn't be based on novel research that is brand new an published in scientific literature but on solid, well proven, albeit advanced, principles and methods. So Asgardian scientists would work from Earth or come onto the station when it is ready to receive them many years after construction starts.

Engineers of all sorts will be needed for infrastructure. High tech engineers and programmers will also be in heavy use as well as the aerospace engineers needed to get the whole thing planned in the first place.

Need to start with the basic building blocks project-wise and work logically forward bringing in different experts as the project progresses according to a well thought out Master Plan.

Dec 30, 16 / Cap 29, 00 18:36 UTC

It is definitely a great idea to have professionals from the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) community to play a leading role in shaping Asgardia. We should encourage many of our members who are experts in those field to contribute or give their opinion for the best plan of action for us to progress forward.

Jan 5, 17 / Aqu 05, 01 22:43 UTC

Fabricators, Machinists, Technicians and even Plumbers. Honestly people give Engineers to much credit. most of the engineering will be done before anything is shipped to space. In the real world it's your boots on the ground (in this case boots in the vacuum) that do 95% of the work and I don't think space will be any exception. With this in mind whole new job descriptions will be created, we will need specialized welders, computer technicians, mechanical technicians, environmental control technicians, and many more. I'm a I.T. specialist but I have done many jobs to get to where I am today. I have been a pilot, a construction worker (paid for pilot training), machinist, hobby engineer, computer programer, audio / video technician, server technician, computer helpdeck tech, electronic technician and telecom tech to name a few. In my years in the workforce I have seen many disciplines of thought, I have had my hands on things that some engineer drew up, but had no practical understanding of what he was engineering. Don't get me wrong. I am an engineer and I have nothing against them, I have to be one to do my job.

Jan 10, 17 / Aqu 10, 01 18:19 UTC

Even though engineering is pretty important in the development phase, I agree with WoefulZeus, more manual skills will be needed than engineers - at least to overcome any unpredictable problems.

Jan 19, 17 / Aqu 19, 01 17:32 UTC

A few of us have already been discussing creating a database for the ministries to search for Asgardians with training and experience in specific areas, :
We've thought about this to help with current and future projects to help locate those of us, like yourself WoefulZeus, who have many years of different training and skills. I, myself, spent over 10 years as a residential/commercial plumber, and now I also have my degree and work as an IT Network Administrator. We will definitely need many fields of experience, it's just trying to find out who in our new nation will want to help, and those that will have the experience to ensure the projects have the greatest chance to succeed.

Jan 21, 17 / Aqu 21, 01 06:05 UTC

Future Asgardia careers? In my opinion only; individuals with a high aptitude in spatial reasoning is important for Research and Development as well as any kind of operations dealing with futuristic technologies. The scope is boundless where bright minds are needed now and into the future. One only need look at the training of the NASA astronauts to convey the breadth in similarity. And that is for a small crew! Going into the future; we will need to push beyond the programs that have supported the space program over the years as new technologies are realized. Case-in-point; the Em-Drive recently tested by NASA - well, they say it works, but it breaks the laws of physics. This technology will allow travel throughout our solar system and beyond. And, yes, there is space/time travel. Maybe not in a sense you may recognize; but it is almost here with the latest developments in quantum physics - just this year! In relation to general hiring practices; I believe a fundamental change may be needed in recruitment of Asgardians in science and technology roles. Will lack of academic achievement within a limited pool of candidates be a factor in how to put Asgardians to work; building and maintaining a space home? We need big dreamers. We need thinkers.

Jan 21, 17 / Aqu 21, 01 10:24 UTC

It is highly likely that most of the professions / careers for a space nation haven't even been conceived yet. Even with the Earth-bound economy, there has been a vast change in the number of "new" jobs that have emerged in the last decade, which is only likely to accelerate in the future. In that sense, it is somewhat difficult to construct job titles and position descriptions.

Nov 14, 17 / Sag 10, 01 16:28 UTC

Growing food and maintaining that environment will be very important. Soil, although cheap and plentiful on the earth, isn't practical in space (for now). Hydroponics would be a much more efficient use of resources, along with the fact of our symbiotic relationship with plants. Growing meat is going to be a more complicated subject, as the resources needed for animals to live is almost as expensive as people. There has been recent work on growing animal tissue rather than the entire animal, but this too, has a long ways to go.