Geometric Energy Corporation's DOGE-1 satellite, funded by the cryptocurrency Dogecoin , has received a critical approval for its X-Band frequency from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). This marks a significant step toward obtaining the necessary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license, as announced today by CEO Samuel Reid. The satellite is scheduled for a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch in January 2024 after experiencing previous delays.
The DOGE-1 mission, which will broadcast advertisements from space, was initially announced in May 2021 by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in partnership with Geometric Energy Corporation. It was intended to be part of a rideshare mission involving Intuitive Machines. However, the development of DOGE-1 faced postponements, pushing its anticipated launch to the new year.
The DOGE-1 satellite is set to join the payload of Intuitive Machines' mission aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket as part of this broader space exploration and marketing initiative. These ventures highlight the growing intersection of space technology and cryptocurrency, with Dogecoin enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the outcomes of these missions.
In a related development, a physical Dogecoin token is being prepared for a lunar mission by Astrobotic, a Pittsburgh-based firm. This mission is part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative and is scheduled for December 23. It will carry various payloads, including the physical Dogecoin, a BitMEX-sponsored Bitcoin token, and a Genesis Block replica commissioned by Bitcoin Magazine.
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