The space travel startup Space Nation becomes the first space tourism company to become an affiliate member of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Do you still remember the special announcement for the Planet from Slush 2016? Well, things just moved forward. Today, the Finnish space travel startup with a mission to democratize space, Space Nation, has bought its own “office space” on the International Space Station. This investment will advance the company’s vision of pioneering humanity’s transition to space.
Space Nation and UNWTO will be working together to advance science-related tourism. UNWTO, a specialized United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of sustainable tourism, works towards making tourism an effective tool in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While most companies in the space industry are focusing on creating technology for reusable rockets and space habitats, Space Nation’s focus is to educate and to equip current and future generations with the skills and knowledge they will need in the upcoming space era – as well as to create possibilities for space travel for everyone.
“Since Slush 2016, our journey has just reached the speed of light. It’s exciting to have our own ‘office space’ on the ISS. Now we’re looking forward to working with other companies who would like to use this opportunity to use this space for research and commercial purposes,” says Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, the CEO of Space Nation.
Space Nation is also co-operating with companies such as the Edge of Space, Inc., which is leading the way in providing affordable, innovative access to space projects and programs for schools, nonprofits, and companies, and Axiom Space LLC to advance the humanity’s transfer to space by preparing individuals for the upcoming space era.
The first step towards liberating astronaut skills for everyone is the Space Nation Astronaut Program. The program is free of charge and accessible to all. With the program, you can challenge yourself in three categories: Body, Mind, and Social. The program starts with a freemium smartphone application to be launched in 2017. In the first stage, participants develop astronaut skills using the app and compete for access to a physical training camp where the top performers will train under the supervision of real life astronaut trainers. The best performing participants will be selected for the final contest and at the end of 2018, the winner gets to travel to space… for real.