Zamastanian Space Agency
Insignia of the ZSA
|Formation||September 4th, 1958|
The Zamastanian Space Agency (ZSA) is an independent agency of the Government of Zamastan responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
The ZSA was established in 1958, succeeding the Zamastanian Committee for Aeronautics (ZCA). The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science. Since its establishment, most Zamastanian space exploration efforts have been led by the ZSA, including the Blue Falcon Moon landing missions, the Zian Space Station, and later the Shuttle Program. ZSA is supporting the Coalition Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Coalition Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The agency is also responsible for a Launch Services Program which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for uncrewed ZSA launches.
ZSF-15 rocket plane
Blue Falcon program
Zian Space Station
Space Shuttle program
Coalition Space Station
See: Courage program
Since the early 2000s, ZSA had worked on numerous projects designed to test human limitations on the surface of other planets for possible habitation and colonization. The concept operates through three distinct phases leading up to fully sustained colonization. Zamastan has several robotic missions currently exploring Eirus, with a sample-return planned for the future. The Albatross Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) is intended to serve as the launch/splashdown crew delivery vehicle, with a Deep Space Habitat module providing additional living-space for the 16-month-long journey.
The first stage, already underway, is the "Iearth Reliant" phase. This phase continues using the Coalition Space Station until 2026; validating deep space technologies and studying the effects of long-duration space missions on the human body. The second stage, "Proving Ground," moves away from Iearth reliance and ventures into cislunar space for most of its tasks. The stage would test deep-space habitation facilities, and validate capabilities required for human exploration of Eirus. Finally, phase three is the transition to independence from Iearth resources. The "Iearth Independent" phase includes long term missions with surface habitats that only require routine maintenance, and the harvesting of Eirusian resources for fuel, water, and building materials.
On December 27th, 2020, ZSA Director Thibault Berger and Secretary of Space Science, Development, and Exploration Piyush Goyal announced that the Zamastanian Space Agency would be leading an internationally organized manned-mission to Eirus, the fourth planet in the Estrella System, in the goal of setting up a long term habitation and colonization program on its surface. The mission, named the Courage program, consistent of 16 astronauts (6 Zamastanian, the remaining 10 from Durnstaal, Vitosium, Caspia, Yuan, and Avergnon), is slated for launch on June 5th, 2021, and will arrive at Eirus in January 2022.