The New Scientist has reported that ‘space nation’ Asgardia is planning to put a ‘data centre’ into orbit. Named after a Norse mythological city of the skies, Asgardia is the concept of Russian scientist, Dr Igor Ashurbeyli. The long-term plan is to host a space station, or ‘space-based nation’ – but, in the short-term, the project will initially launch a satellite, Asgardia-1, which will hold a 512-gigabyte solid state drive filled with data chosen by its newly selected ‘citizens’. Some 200,000 were chosen from the more than 500,000 applicants.
If the project proves successful, outerspace data storage laws and jurisdiction will require international debate. Concerns over ‘space data-havens’, operating beyond the reach of ‘Earthly law’, will ultimately need to be addressed.