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First satellite for the "space nation" of Asgardia due for launch in August

• by Michael Irving

In the unlikely event that it ever gets off the ground, the extremely-ambitious project would see a system of satellites orbiting the Earth, carrying a country's worth of people. Now the self-appointed Head of Nation has outlined plans to launch the first of these satellites.

Since the call for would-be citizens was first put out in October, some 500,000 registrations were apparently received. As you'd expect from the kind of internet democracy responsible for Boaty McBoatface, the project was flooded with applications from bots and jokesters, and registrations were shut down and reopened with stricter protocols. Asgardia now boasts some 200,000 "serious" applicants, but it doesn't exactly bode well for a project where literally everything can go wrong.