- The Doge-1 moon mission, funded by Dogecoin, has received critical regulatory approval from the NTIA, moving it closer to its anticipated launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
- Doge-1, set to orbit the moon and broadcast video back to Earth, represents a significant milestone as the first satellite launch fully funded in DOGE tokens.
Advancing Towards a Historic Launch
The much-anticipated Doge-1 moon mission, funded by the cryptocurrency Dogecoin (DOGE), has taken a significant step forward following key regulatory approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). This approval is crucial as it precedes the final license required from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the mission to proceed.
DOGE-1: A Pioneering Space Venture
Developed by Geometric Energy Corporation and announced in May 2021, the DOGE-1 satellite will embark on a historic journey aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Samuel Reid, CEO of Geometric Energy Corporation, confirmed the NTIA approval and mentioned the pending FCC license crucial for the satellite’s communication capabilities.
Innovative Broadcasting from Space
DOGE-1’s mission includes a unique feature: a miniature screen on the satellite will display advertisements, images, and logos, which will be broadcast back to Earth. This mission is groundbreaking as it marks the first satellite launch completely financed by DOGE tokens.
Launch Delays and New Target Dates
Initially announced by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2021, DOGE-1 was planned to be part of a rideshare on a rocket launch involving Intuitive Machines and NASA. However, the launch has experienced delays due to SpaceX’s schedule adjustments, pushing the planned launch from 2022 to January 2024.
More Dogecoin-Related Missions on the Horizon
DOGE-1 is not the only Dogecoin-related space mission in the works. Recently, Dogecoin developers announced another mission in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based firm Astrobotic. This separate mission, slated for December 23, aims to send a physical Dogecoin token to the moon. The payload includes 21 different cargoes from various entities, including governments, companies, universities, and NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.
The Doge-1 mission, symbolizing the intersection of cryptocurrency and space exploration, is moving closer to reality with the recent NTIA approval. As the first satellite launch funded entirely in Dogecoin, Doge-1 not only represents a significant achievement for the Dogecoin community but also highlights the innovative potential of cryptocurrencies in funding space ventures. With a targeted launch in January 2024, Doge-1 is poised to mark a new chapter in space exploration history.