The timeline for the DOGE-1 mission remains unclear.
DogeDesigner (@cb_doge), in a tweet today, has confirmed that the DOGE-1 mission to the moon will not launch before March 1, 2023, citing persons familiar with the project.
This mission is completely funded by Dogecoin, thus becoming the first space mission funded by a cryptocurrency. pic.twitter.com/cMWk0yL9lF
— DogeDesigner (@cb_doge) December 31, 2022
While it still leaves no clue about the date of the space mission, it puts to bed potential speculation that DOGE-1 will be among the 114 satellite payloads on the first Falcon 9 mission in 2023, announced by SpaceX yesterday. Notably, the first SpaceX launch for 2023 is scheduled for Tuesday next week.
There are 114 payloads on this flight, including CubeSats, microsats, picosats, and orbital transfer vehicles carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 30, 2022
The Crypto Basic saw the first Twitter mention of the March 2023 timeline from Geometric Energy Corporation CEO Samuel Reid on November 28. Reid also reiterated it on December 12. This gives credence to the information shared by the Dogecoin Foundation graphics designer today, as Geometric Energy will lead the mission.
Yes, DOGE-1 is NET (No Earlier Than) March 1, 2023
— SΔMUΞL RΞIÐ (@SamuelReidGEC) December 12, 2022
DOGE-1 is a cubic satellite that promises to obtain information about the moon using sensors and cameras. It represents the first commercial payload fully funded by cryptocurrency. With the mission, Elon Musk’s SpaceX hopes to demonstrate the utility of crypto in space.
Musk announced the mission in May last year, feeding into the bullish DOGE to the moon narrative. While the mission was supposed to launch this year, persons close to the matter have asserted that the delay is due to the lack of readiness of the Intuitive Machines satellite, which is the primary payload.
According to Reid, in April, DOGE-1 will get to the moon when IM-1 does.
Thank you! Though to clarify, the Geometric-1 Mission to Earth Orbit which includes the display screen in a cubesat (not yet to the moon) is October 1, 2022, whereas the DOGE-1 Mission will reach the moon when IM-1 does which is to be announced when it will happen. #DOGE-1
— SΔMUΞL RΞIÐ (@SamuelReidGEC) April 1, 2022
Notably, DOGE-1, which could have a potential bullish impact on the Dogecoin price, was one of the motivations for popular DOGE influencer Matt Wallace to bet his YouTube channel on DOGE, clinching the $1 price point in 2022.