SpaceX’s recent decision to accept Dogecoin (DOGE) as payment for rescheduling the highly anticipated DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon marks a noteworthy development in space commerce.
Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) CEO, Samuel Reid, disclosed that the company facilitated the payment in DOGE to SpaceX for rebooking the mission, which had faced delays from its original schedule. Originally slated to launch in 2022 as a payload aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the mission was postponed due to the unavailability of the satellite in time for the Intuitive Machines IM-1 launch.
GEC @GeometricEnergy paid @SpaceX in DOGE for re-booking the DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon to a mission after IM-1, which could be a @Int_Machines mission such as IM-2 or another mission depending upon when the DOGE-1 satellite ships to @maverick_space in the U.S. from @ExoboticsUK pic.twitter.com/5MKzDMIxtP
— SΔMUΞL RΞIÐ (e/acc) (@SamuelReidGEC) February 5, 2024
Under the new agreement, a rebooking fee was settled in Dogecoin, with the DOGE-1 satellite now positioned on an open manifest basis for potential deployment after IM-1. This timing largely depends on the satellite’s shipment from Exobotics UK to Maverick Space in the U.S.
Despite the setback, Reid maintains a positive outlook on the DOGE-1 mission, stressing that the postponement was primarily due to outstanding requirements for the satellite’s radio system rather than any insufficiency in commitment or capability.
Such transparent communication from GEC aims to reassure enthusiasts awaiting the mission’s progress, underscoring the commitment to delivering a successful lunar mission.
SpaceX’s initial announcement of the “DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” in 2021, coupled with its acceptance of Dogecoin as payment, signifies a groundbreaking step toward demonstrating the practical applications of cryptocurrency beyond Earth’s orbit. This endeavor also sets the stage for potential interplanetary commerce in the future, showcasing the evolving intersection of space exploration and digital currency.