Media outlets from around the globe reported on Asgardia and its plans for the future that were revealed at the press conference in Hong Kong on 13 June 2017.
CNN writes that “(g)oing forward, the Asgardia team hopes to create habitable platforms in low-earth orbits -- the first 100 to 200 miles (161 to 321 kilometers) from space, which is also where the ISS is located. The first human flight to this location is projected to take place in eight years' time.”
Asgardia’s Head of Nation Igor Ashurbeyli told CNN: "I was interested in doing something unusual that nobody else was doing," Ashurbeyli told CNN. "It was my dream to create an independent country."
“We want to give equal opportunities to everyone who has a mind, who can do something, for their protection,” he said. “Our real home is not the house or the city where we were born. (Our) home is planet Earth, (and) we want to protect it.”
CNET called Asgardia “… a legal, technological and philosophical experiment that declares an orbiting server to be a sovereign country”. It reported that “Asgardia-1 brings the conceptual country one step closer to that goal…”
Space.com wrote that Ashurbeyli “…hopes to create a planetary-defense constellation that will help protect against asteroids, solar flares and human-made space debris; this satellite is just the first step.” The Space.com story was picked up by NBC News.
"Sixty years after the launch of the first-ever artificial satellite, Sputnik, our own space satellite, Asgardia-1, will mark the beginning of a new space era, taking our citizens into space in virtual form, at first," Ashurbeyli told Space.com.
South China Morning Post reported that “…although almost all Asgardia’s activities are conducted online, its leader insisted the country – with its own calendar system, public holidays, and soon, national flag and anthem – was more than a computer game.”
Ashurbeyli is quoted as saying “I’m an engineer, and I’m used to seeing the results of my work during my lifetime. I’m sure that anything coming from Asgardia that we’ll design will also come to life during our lifetime.”
Overall, almost 150 publications worldwide picked up the story.