After Tesla’s moe of accepting Bitcoin (BTC) payments, Elon Musk’s space exploration SpaceX announced that it is will accepting Dogecoin (DOGE) payments for its pace missions. This comes just a day after Elon Musk called Dogecoin a “hustle” triggering a 30% price crash over the weekend.
Is Musk trying to do damage control here? Maybe or maybe not! Whatever it is, this news is pretty exciting for all DOGE investors in the market. The announcement for “the DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” was made by the Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC).
The mission involves flying a 40KG cube satellite of the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry “lunar-spatial intelligence and computational systems” on board. The mission launch is scheduled for Q1 of 2022 and so SpaceX also plans to start accepting DOGE payment during the same period. Here’s what Elon Musk tweeted upon launching Dogecoin to the moon.
SpaceX launching satellite Doge-1 to the moon next year
– Mission paid for in Doge
– 1st crypto in space
– 1st meme in space
To the mooooonnn!!https://t.co/xXfjGZVeUW
— Elon Musk, the 2nd (@elonmusk) May 9, 2021
Although GEC announced the DOGE-funded mission, it has not exactly said how much that would cost. Speaking about this new synergy between crypto and space missions, SpaceX Vice President of Commercial Sales Tom Ochinero said:
“This mission will demonstrate the application of cryptocurrency beyond Earth orbit and set the foundation for interplanetary commerce. We’re excited to launch DOGE-1 to the Moon!”
Solidifying DOGE’s Market Position
Well, last week, Elon Musk’s SNL tweet drove DOGE price to an all-time high of $0.71 with its market cap reaching $94 billion. Just before the SNL event over the weekend, Elon Musk had warned about the higher valuations. As it happened, during Musk’s SNL show appearance, the DOGE price crashed as much as 30% over the weekend, after Musk referred to it as the “hustle”.
Even at price time, DOGE continues to trade 16% down at a price of $0.54 and a market cap of $70 billion. It is still trading 10% positive on the weekly chart. Also, the recent SpaceX announcement seems to have little impact in turning the tide for Dogecoin.
One thing is sure that such announcements will certainly solidify DOGE’s market position and acceptance. With the recent announcement, Geometric Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Samuel Reid said:
“Having officially transacted with DOGE for a deal of this magnitude, Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified DOGE as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector”.