SpaceX will announce next year that the Canadian company Geometric Energy Corporation will launch a lunar satellite next year, funded entirely by the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, which will lead the mission to the moon.
The Calgary-based company said in a statement that the satellite called DOGE-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of 2022.
The statement said that the 88-pound (40-kg) cubic satellite will be designed to “obtain lunar space intelligence from airborne sensors and cameras.”
Geometry Energy said that the “DOGE-1 mission to the moon” will be “the first commercial lunar payload ever paid entirely by Dogecoin, but did not specify the cost of the project.”
“We are very happy to launch DOGE-1 to the moon!” SpaceX vice president of commercial sales Tom Ochinero (Tom Ochinero) said in a statement.
The announcement was made on the second day of the live sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) hosted by SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
While the CEO of Tesla is vigorously promoting the development of cryptocurrency, he described Dogecoin as an “unstoppable tool that will occupy the world” in the SNL skit.
Musk shared the announcement of the moon landing mission on Twitter on Sunday, writing: “To mooooonnn!”