Auroran Science and Technology Research Agency

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Auroran Science and Technology Research Agency
Pūtahi Rangahau Pūtaiao me te Hangarau o te Orora (OAN)
Auroranische Forschungsagentur für Wissenschaft und Technologie (ETH)
აურანის მეცნიერებისა და ტექნოლოგიების კვლევის სააგენტო (SAL)
Auroriaanske Agintskip foar Wittenskip en Technology (BLU)
Agenzia di ricerca scientifica e tecnologica de Aurora (AXD)
MottoMagna sapientia est qui quaerit
Great is he who seeks wisdom
TypeUNAC Agency
Legal statusInternational organization
PurposeScientific and technological research
Official language
Working language

Official languages

Commissioner for Science and Technology
Parent organization
United Nations of the Auroran Continent

The Auroran Science and Technology Research Agency (commonly known as ASTRA) is an organ of the United Nations of the Auroran Continent. It is responsible for scientific research and advising the UNAC on science policy. It is administered by the Commissioner for Science and Technology. It is presently housed in Ribenstadt, Faethalria. Although all official documents are translated into the UNAC official languages, Staynish is the de facto working language of ASTRA. ASTRA has been involved in numerous projects such as the Large Particle Accelerator and Nuclear Powered Ion Drive Research.


The purpose of ASTRA is as follows:

  • Improve the accessibility and availability of scientific knowledge
  • Encourage the participation and representation of marginalized groups in science and technology
  • Make Aurora a leader in science and technology
  • Stimulate economic prosperity of Aurora through science and innovation


The functions of ASTRA are as follows:

  • Conduct scientific research,
  • Advise the UNAC on science and technology-related policies,
  • Manage, monitor and protect scientific assets of the UNAC,
  • Develop guidelines for ethical scientific research,
  • Encourage scientific research and technological innovation in the UNAC,
  • Coordinate cooperation among member states of the UNAC on scientific endeavors.


The Commissioner for Science, Research and Technology is the chef executive officer of ASTRA. They responsible for day-to-day running of the organization. They also formulate and propose policies on science and technology to the UNAC, monitor and report on the state of science and technology in the UNAC, administer the directives and policies of the UNAC with regard to science and technology, represent ASTRA, and appoint senior members of ASTRA. Operational and logistical functions are performed by the Executive Office of the Commissioner for Science, Research and Technology. Scientific work is conducted by the following departments, who are each responsible for a scientific discipline:

  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Astronomy
  • Department of Genetics
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Earth Sciences
  • Department of Robotics
  • Department of Archeology


The budget of ASTRA comes from the UNAC. The Commissioner drafts and proposes a budget to the UNAC Commission. When the UNAC Commission approves, the Auroran Parliament and Council of the UNAC must approve the combined budget of the UNAC Commission which includes ASTRA. ASTRA's financial statements are subject to the UNAC Financial Audit Office.


ASTRA works with scientific organizations and bodies from member states of the UNAC. ASTRA cannot impose its policies and requirements on member states. It often requires their cooperation and consent. ASTRA also works with private institutions, state entities and universities. ASTRA has formal cooperation agreements with the following bodies:


Space Exploration Program

The Space Exploration Program is administered by the Department of Astronomy. This program consists of sending probes to foreign planets, manned-missions to space and satellites to the far reaches of space and collecting, analyzing and reporting on their findings and discoveries. Currently, Rosamund Island is being used to send missions to space. ASTRA and the Emberwood Coast Space Exploration Agency are working together to develop reusable rockets.

Nuclear Fusion for Energy Program

This Program is administered by the department of Physics. The programs operations involve funding and coordinating nuclear fusion research within member states for the purposes of harnessing the technology for the generation of clean electrical power. The current focus of the program is the construction of the Soltan International Thermonuclear Experiment reactor, which is expected to become the first reactor to produce a self-sustaining fusion plasma. Currently SITE is expected to be finished by 2023 and after testing will pave the way for a demonstration power plant expected to begin construction in the 2030's.