On August 16th, 2008 Micronational history was made
when the launch of the AWAY 35 mission by JP AEROSPACE carried the Vikeslandic national flag to the edge of space.
This is Historical, as far as is known no other micronation
has accomplished this feat to date.
The AWAY mission was launched from the desert floor
by Black Rock Nevada. The launch vehicle is carried to the edge of the stratosphere by large balloons. The vehicle itself
carries video cameras as well as still cameras and has various scientific instruments that collect data during the mission.
As well small instruments known as PONGSATS are aboard and carry out a wide variety of functions when kissing the vacuum of
The Vikeslandic Department of Aeronautics and Space
helped sponsor the AWAY 35 mission and in turn had the flag taken up to the final frontier.
Prince Christopher I of Vikesland said, "Let the
Micronational space race begin! I invite all other small nations to do the same or go beyond this historical accomplishment."
JP Aerospace is dubbed as "Americas other space program"
and is indeed a great partner for those who are interested in becoming involved or sponsoring an AWAY mission. The whole mission
was documented on video and our national flag is clearly seen on the craft as it is prepared for launch on the desert floor.
Please visit the JP Aerospace website to learn more
about their space program.