Representatives of Asgardia met with researchers from the Center for Near Space of the Italian Institute for the Future in Naples. Professor Olimpia Niglio, Asgardia’s Minister of Culture, and Professor Floris Wuyts, the Space Nation’s Minister of Science, entered into a cooperation agreement with the Italian institution, which was represented by Dr. Gennaro Russo, Vice President of the Italian Institute for the Future and Director General of the Center for Near Space
Founded in 2013, the Italian Institute for the Future is a nonprofit organization that strives to spread the culture of anticipation and social forecasting, study megatrends and develop scenarios and analysis at all levels of decision-making in both public and private sector, promoting sustainable long-term policies for the future of Italy. It has two centers of specialist competence: the Center for Near Space (CNS) and the Center for the Future of Europe.
During the meeting, Prof. Niglio and Prof. Wuyts introduced Asgardia and shared its goals with researchers from the University of Campania, Department of Architecture and Industrial Design. One member of the research group, Dr. Adriana Figurato, shared an interesting proposal about the interior design of future space stations.
The CNS aims to contribute to spreading space culture and promoting the development of the private sector in space development. By using the term “near space” in its name, the center underlines both the literal encouragement for the use of the region between the stratosphere and the low-Earth orbit, and the figurative goal of bringing humanity closer to space.
Vice President of the Italian Institute for the Future and Director General of the Center for Near Space Dr. Gennaro Russo (left), Professor Olimpia Niglio, Asgardia’s Minister of Culture, and Professor Floris Wuyts, the Space Nation’s Minister of ScienceKat Jones