Many Asgardians are dreaming of the day they will fly to space and live on an orbital Asgardian station. Watching stars, developing scientific research or spacewalks… these all sound very adventurous and challenging, however, the heroic halo of space explorer can become tarnished by day-to-day life on the orbital station.
Becoming an astronaut is not simple. You must have the proper education, an excellent professional background and perfect health. Each candidate must pass several tests that give the agency an overall portrait of each individual: their fitness level and physical suitability for training, critical and analytical thinking skills, their behavior in group settings, and so on. All are tested rigorously.
Immediately after recruitment, astronaut candidates undergo a one-year basic training that begins with the basic knowledge of space engineering. Electrical engineering and science disciplines are explored afterwards. Another training block deals with the major systems of the International Space Station and transportation systems such as the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Basic training concludes by focusing on specific topics such as underwater diving for spacewalk training, robotics, rendezvous and docking, the Russian language, human behavior and performance.
Advanced Training takes another year and provides astronauts from Space Station partners with knowledge and in-depth skills to operate, service and maintain the station’s modules, systems, payloads and transport vehicles. It includes specialization in some functions, such as resource and data operations, robotics, navigation, maintenance, spacewalks, medical aspects and payloads. Lessons are conducted at all partner sites to allow first-hand familiarity with flight elements and operations for all partner candidates. The final stage is Increment-Specific Training that gives astronauts the specific knowledge and skills required for their mission. This job is very difficult, both physically and mentally. It requires a candidate to be separated from their loved ones most of the time.
Space is a harsh environment for humans, as we have not been created to live there. Systems throughout our body have developed to function under the stresses of gravity. The longest continuous amount of time a human has spent in space is 437 days, which is definitely not long enough to conquer it. The only way to create a human friendly environment in space is to have some form of gravity inside the spaceship. There are many theoretical calculations starting from rotational gravity, linear acceleration, magnetism and finishing by sci-fi gravity generators. NASA had a closed approach to this issue in the Nautilus-Х project, however, due to lack of fundings, this project did not go further than drawings and theoretical calculations. Humankind must still solve a lot of problems prior to the exploration of our solar system and beyond.
Before Asgardia reaches its main global goal of building an orbital station acceptable for continuous human habitation it must integrate itself into the global space exploration community and be recognized by wider scientific community. Asgardia has great plans ahead which will be introduced over the coming months and years. Currently, the Asgardia team is working hard to create a brand new site for community and arrange the requirements for Unified Voting Day. This day is of great importance in our efforts to create a nation, and gain further recognition as a space state. With this approach Asgardia will be a part of the great scientific breakthroughs which we can see are coming soon.