Throughout the decades, the gallivanting escapades of the Starship Enterprise – traversing the depths of where no-one has gone before – has enthralled and inspired generations. What seemed like a distant dream for those to wishing to cruise the final frontier, could soon become a reality.
With the opening of the Spaceport America in the Mojave Desert, New Mexico last week, Virgin Galactic will be bringing their interstellar enterprise to Spaceport Cornwall, based in Newquay. With the enterprising spirit of some of the world’s leading business moguls striving for the expansion of space tourism for Hollywood A-listers, Asgardia are seeking to boldly launch themselves to the forefront of space residency for a mass audience, in what is proving to be the most transformative year in the 21st century space race.
Asgardia are hoping to open the reality of space travel and residency to a far wider audience that is being offered by their competitors. With over a million followers and 300,000 signed up residents, the appetite for space residency is tangible. With hugely exciting research into anti-gravity and protection from solar radiation, it is the ambition of Asgardia to facilitate for the first birth in space in the next 25 years.
Once that achievement is accomplished, Asgardia will spear their research into creating a permanent home for humans in space, opening up doors for millions to secure a new home.
Dr Lena De Winne, Head of Information and Communications at Asgardia, said: “Space residency must become a reality for human beings if there is any hope for the sustained longevity of the human race. We already have the technology to destroy the planet and life. The survival of the human race is too delicate to not have a vanguard in place that can secure our future. We also know that the lifespan of the sun is finite, meaning that humans one day will inevitably have to leave Earth in order to survive.
“The current space race has been dominated by the billionaire moguls who are hoping to take the most wealthy and exclusive celebrities into space, but what Asgardia seek to offer will appease all from society. Creating a new community that will not only be a vanguard of the human race, but also protecting the Earth through our proposed defences against Near-Earth Objects, Asgardia will prove to be an ethical exponent of space exploration.”