The universe is fast becoming the 21st century tourist trap. Example: SpaceX teams up with Geometric Energy Corporation, a Canadian research and development firm, to launch into orbit what is essentially a used digital billboard, according to one weekend Business Insider report.
In a point-of-sale interview, GEC co-founder and CEO Samuel Reid said the company is developing a satellite called CubeSat that features a selfie-stick and pixelated screen on one side to display ads, logos and other art.
CubeSat will begin driving SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which will launch it into orbit before the rocket reaches the moon. When he gets there, the selfie stick will take screenshots screen i live broadcast to on YouTube or Twitch for everyone watch. According to Reid, CubeSat should be released in early 2022.
Once launched, you will be able to purchase tokens to claim certain pixels on the screen, to determine what do these pixels look like and set how long the ad will run. There are five chips in total: Beta for X coordinate, Rhoe for Y coordinate, Gamma for brightness, Kappa for color, and XI for a specific time.
Corporations, artists, and anyone else interested can purchase tokens using cryptocurrencies, and GEC hopes to be able to support dogecoin payments in the future. Because, what is more convenient to use for mem cryptocurrency than buying space ads?
“I’m trying to achieve something that can democratize access to space and allow for decentralized participation,” Reid told Business Insider. “Hopefully, people don’t waste money on something inappropriate, insulting or offensive.”
I mean, this is the internet we’re talking about. I give it about 24 hours before someone spends good money just to make a dick pic orbit the Earth.
Speaking of money, Reid told Business Insider he couldn’t reveal how much each CubeSat token would cost. But given the amount of time, effort, and money spent just to get the billboard up there in the first place, it’s safe to assume that ad space won’t be cheap. SpaceX and GEC did not immediately return Gizmodo’s request for comment on the matter.
This isn’t the first joint venture between the two. In May, The GEC announced that SpaceX had paid dogecoin in full to secure a place for its satellite on an upcoming lunar mission. In short: dogecoin literally goes to the moon. The mission, aptly named Doge-1, is scheduled to take off in early 2022.