The Dogecoin-funded SpaceX lunar mission “Doge-1” is moving closer to launch after securing key regulatory approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
This authorization is an important step toward obtaining the final license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which will specifically address X-band and S-band communications for the satellite, marking a critical milestone for the mission.
DOGE-1 satellite project receives approval
The DOGE-1 satellite project is being developed by space technology company Geographic Energy Corporation. The satellite is expected to be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Samuel Reid, CEO of Geographic Energy Corporation, confirmed the approval of the DOGE-1 X-Band by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. However, Reid noted that the project is still awaiting the FCC license, which will cover X-band and S-band communications.
– SΔMUΞL RΞIÐ (e/acc) (@SamuelReidGEC) November 28, 2023
The DOGE-1 satellite is expected to feature a miniature screen that will display advertisements, images and logos. These visuals will be beamed back to Earth as part of the satellite’s unique capabilities. Notably, the funding for the entire DOGE-1 satellite launch is in DOGE tokens, making it the first satellite launch fully paid for using this cryptocurrency.
Dogecoin’s Mission to the Moon
DOGE-1 was initially announced to launch by SpaceX founder Elon Musk in 2021, as part of a rideshare collaboration between Intuitive Machines and NASA as part of the US space program. However, the launch has faced multiple postponements, initially planned for 2022 and now scheduled for January 2024.
DOGE-1 is one of two Dogecoin-related missions planned for the coming months. In addition to the satellite mission, Dogecoin developers have planned for a physical DOGE token to be part of a space payload mission led by Pittsburgh-based company Astrobotic.
This mission, scheduled for December 23, will carry 21 payloads from a variety of entities, including governments, businesses, universities and NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.
The impact of the Dogecoin community extends beyond space efforts. Recently, the mayor of Sakura City recognized the generosity of the community by donating a bronze statue, transforming it into a major tourist attraction and raising its profile.
From sponsoring a NASCAR driver to raising funds for clean water projects in developing countries, the Dogecoin community continues to use the influence of cryptocurrency to create positive real-world impacts.
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