On October 12, 2016, Igor Ashurbeyli launched Asgardia , the first space nation; a new endeavour based on his core belief that unexpected ideas shape the future.
Asgardia, which maintains its legal headquarters in Vienna, was created with three top goals in mind: to ensure the peaceful use of space, to protect the Earth from space hazards, and to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space. Asgardia also has a long-term objective of setting up habitable platforms in space and building permanent settlements on the Moon.
In November 2017, Asgardia launched their first satellite into orbit, Asgardia-1. The satellite delivered half a terabyte of data to space including information about Asgardia and its residents, as well as key information such as its national symbols (coat of arms, flag, anthem) and the nation’s constitution.
On February 3, 2017 Ashurbeyli began the election process of for choosing suitable members of Parliament. He additionally published a decree on the financing of the state and its governmental bodies – which includes the courts, the prosecutor’s office, the government and the chamber of accounts. To date, Ashurbeyli has privately funded all costs associated with the development of Asgardia.
Asgardia has currently grown to over 270,000 residents from more than 200 countries across the world. Once Asgardia has assembled the governing bodies and agencies that will comprise its national infrastructure, Ashurbeyli plans to seek membership in the United Nations and achieve recognition of Asgardia as an independent state. Presently, Asgardia is 172nd of 200+ countries when compared by population — bigger, for example, than Kiribati or Andorra.
On June 25, 2018, dignitaries, global officials, and members of the newly formed Asgardia Parliament will witness Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli’s historic inauguration as the first Head of Nation of Asgardia at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, marking the first commission of leadership for an off-planet nation.
Igor Ashurbeyli Head of Nation Biography
Igor Raufovich Ashurbeyli was born September 9, 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Russian scientist, businessman, and philanthropist
Education: DSc in Engineering, PhD in Engineering with specialization in Computer Science.
In 1988 he became the founder and first general manager (GM) of Socium. Socium was originally a small software and consulting company and is now a large holding company with over 10,000 employees worldwide. Socium’s slogan is “Per Socium Ad Astra,” which emphasizes the need for community and cooperation in humankind’s path towards the stars and exploration of space.
In 2010, he was awarded the State Science & Technology Prize for his achievements in the development and use of a new generation of micro-technology communications systems and controls for mobile air defense systems and critical facilities. The State Science & Technology Prize is the highest honor a Russian scientist can achieve.
In 2016, he was awarded Gold UNESCO Medal "For contribution to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnologies”.
2017 Founder Asgardia AG and Asgardia NGO.
2017 Became one of the main shareholders of Seraphim Capital, a UK-based venture capital firm SpaceFund, London, UK.
2014 - present Editor-in-Chief of "ROOM, Space Journal" , an internationally distributed publication. Also an Affiliated Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London, UK.
2013 Founder of Aerospace International Research Center, Vienna, Austria.
2004 Chairman of the Board of the Nonprofit Non-Government Expert Society on Space Threat Defense (ESSTD), with has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
2001 Gold Member of the Executive Committee of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, London, UK.
2011 - Present Chairman of the Board and Owner of Socium holding company.
2011 Resigned from all positions in Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) Scientific Production Association (SPA) Almaz; and from 2011 is no longer affiliated with any government structure.
2001 Professor and Department Chairman at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation.
1994 Held positions of Deputy General Manager, First Deputy General Manager, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SPA Almaz (later rebranded as GSKB Almaz –Antey). From 2000 to 2011 was CEO of SPA Almaz (Note: Because SPA Almaz was rebranded as the OJSC State Special Design Bureau Almaz-Antey, the Russian abbreviation of this company GSKB Almaz –Antey should not be confused with JSC Concern Almaz-Antey. These are two different companies).
1994 Created and published the Russian Encyclopaedia of Information & Telecommunications.
1992 Co-founder of the International Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.
1992 Founder and Publisher of Who’s Who, a monthly newspaper in Baku.
1989 Vice-President of the Union of Cooperatives, a small business association of Azerbaijan.
1988 President of the Association of Scientific and Industrial-technical Enterprises of Azerbaijan (ASITEA).
1988 Co-Founded and held the GM position of a private enterprise – Cooperative Coordination and Production Association (CCPA) Socium.
On the 26th to the 28th of October 2018 Head of Nation Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli chaired Asgardia’s First Economic Forum in the City of Nice
In November 2017, Asgardians watched intently as an NSL 2U FastBus CubeSat weighing 2.8kg and carrying the information of the Nation’s citizens and its national symbols was launched from NASA’s Wallopps Flight Facility in Virginia. The Symbolic home of Asgardia was being shuttled into space aboard the Cygnus Craft which had been tasked to dock with the International Space Station.
Parliament accepts amendment and introduces Citizenship Fee
In the period from 2018 to 2019 inclusive (years 0002 and 0003 by Asgardian calendar) annual amount of citizenship fee is set in the amount of 100 Euro
Chair of Parliament announced that Parliament has endorsed the Citizenship Fee. This means we can take the next step in our journey towards settling in space
The Act on Acts, is an important piece of legislation that outlines the rules on which an act goes from being a concept to becoming one of Asgardia’s Laws.
Acting Prime Minister of the Government of Asgardia, Ana Mercedes Diaz issued a letter to the Nation's Officials and Asgardian Members of the Parliament.
At the end of the first day of the Economic Forum, participants were so engaged with the interesting and varied topics that looked at Asgardia’s Economy from a range of cultural and geographical angles that many people continued to discuss and debate.
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Die „Weltraumnation“ Asgardia ist erst 20 Monate alt und hat doch schon 200.000 Bürger. Am Montag gelobten sie in Wien ihr erstes „Staatsoberhaupt“ an: Unklar blieb, ob es sich dabei um ein exzentrisches Hobby handelt - oder um eine echte Weltraumutopie.
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