Space Nation gives everyone a chance to participate in space travelling. It's an opportunity to learn and train for a space mission, and ultimately to become a crew member on board the International Space Station.
Cohu Experience recently closed a $3.4 million crowdfunding round in Finland for its Space Nation Astronaut Program. Cohu raised its first million in only 43 minutes.
"Space travel is a universal dream and we are proud to welcome everyone to join Space Nation as investors or participants. This is an inclusive program so anyone in the world can participate. We really want to democratize space," said Kalle Vähä-Jaakkola, the CEO of Cohu Experience.
"Space is something that interests us all, no matter where you live or how old you are," said Michael Suffredini from Axiom Space. Suffredini is a member of Cohu Experience's Advisory Board and former NASA International Space Station Program Manager.
"Space travel has been, until now, only accessible to a very limited set of people, but Space Nation is here to change that. The Program is truly the adventure of a lifetime, and it will offer something for everyone."
Space Nation Astronaut Program (SNAP) is being developed together with NASA's astronaut trainers. The program commences with a freemium smartphone app that develops its users' physical, mental and social skills through an array of tailored challenges. Participants who have gained the most points will be selected for a televised training competition under the supervision of NASA's astronaut trainers.
A central element in the astronaut training program is the transmedia concept. It allows participants to create teams and attract fans to support their efforts to win a ticket to space. Even if you were not destined to become an astronaut, you can learn new skills and have fun while cheering for your favourite participant.
The next funding round will take place in the United States in the coming weeks via Fundable.com.