Finland introduces an app to train anyone wishing to become an astronaut

Published on : Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Finland introduces an app to trainSpace Nation, the Finnish startup has launched a smartphone app, named Space Navigator. It says that the app will help anyone to build up the skills needed to navigate space like an astronaut.

 
“Space is not far away. It’s in our back yard,” explained Space Nation founder and chief content officer, Mazdak Nassir.

 
The application offers a suite of various tasks, games and quizzes for wannabe astronauts to tackle. The training package targets to attract users’ physical, mental and social skills to match up to scratch for space, despite of their starting point.

 
“You begin from zero. The farther you progress with the training, the more challenging the tasks and games become,” said marketing Chief Katja Presnal.

 
Space Nation has been collaborating with NASA, the US space agency and is the only space tourism member of the World Tourism Organization of the UN.

 
The firm has the support of Peter Vesterbacka, the Space Nation ambassador, still wearing red hoodie, the trademark that he previously used to spread the gospel for the once-wildly popular Angry Birds pig-bashing game. Lately, Vesterbacka has been associated with building an undersea rail link between Tallinn and Helsinki.

 
Jan Praks, an Aalto University assistant professor specializing in sustainable space and technology, explained that the Space Nation app is a positive development.

 
“All activities and investments in this direction are good. This will prepare us for [a time in] the future when we travel in space much more,” Praks said.

 
He emphasized that it will still take couple of years before space travel really becomes an everyday event.

 
“Sending people into space is technically very challenging,” he added.

 

 


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