SpaceX has accepted Dogecoin (DOGE) as payment for the rescheduling of the much-anticipated DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon.
Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) CEO Samuel Reid announced the transaction, stating that GEC paid SpaceX in DOGE to rebook the DOGE-1 Mission following the delay of its original schedule.
Technical challenges and future plans
The mission, initially set to launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as a payload in 2022, was postponed due to the satellite not being ready in time for the Intuitive Machines IM-1 launch.
Reid clarified that the new deal includes a rebooking fee paid in Dogecoin and places the DOGE-1 satellite on an open manifest basis for a mission potentially after IM-1, depending on when the satellite is shipped to Maverick Space in the U.S. from Exobotics UK.
Despite the delay, Reid remains optimistic about the DOGE-1 mission. “That doesn’t mean that DOGE-1 is not launching or that it’s not happening. DOGE-1 was trying to make it on IM-1 and almost did,” Reid explained during a live chat.
He elaborated that the mission’s postponement was due to uncompleted requirements for the radio and the satellite, rather than a lack of commitment or capability.
This level of transparency and communication from GEC aims to reassure enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the mission’s progress.
SpaceX initially announced plans to launch the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” in 2021 and accepted the meme-inspired cryptocurrency Dogecoin as full payment for the mission.
The represents a pioneering step in demonstrating the application of cryptocurrency beyond Earth’s orbit and aims to establish a foundation for interplanetary commerce.
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