SpaceX will launch a satellite tv for pc to the Moon subsequent 12 months funded totally with the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Canadian firm Geometric Power Company, which can lead the lunar mission, introduced Sunday.
The satellite tv for pc, dubbed DOGE-1, will probably be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket within the first quarter of 2022, the Calgary-based firm stated in a press release.
The cubic satellite tv for pc, weighing 88 kilos (40 kilograms), will goal to acquire “lunar-spatial intelligence from sensors and cameras on-board,” in response to the assertion.
The “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” will probably be “the first-ever industrial lunar payload in historical past paid totally with” Dogecoin, Geometric Power Company stated, with out specifying how a lot the venture value.
“We’re excited to launch DOGE-1 to the Moon!” Tom Ochinero, SpaceX vice chairman of business gross sales, stated within the assertion.
“This mission will exhibit the applying of cryptocurrency past Earth orbit and set the muse for interplanetary commerce.”
The announcement comes the day after SpaceX founder Elon Musk hosted the reside sketch comedy present “Saturday Evening Reside” (SNL), throughout which he praised Dogecoin, initially created as a joke however legitimized by means of the eccentric tech entrepreneur’s tweets.
An enormous booster of cryptocurrencies, the Tesla CEO described Dogecoin in an SNL skit as “an unstoppable automobile that is going to take over the world.”
Musk shared the lunar mission announcement on Twitter Sunday, writing, “To the mooooonnn!!”