The American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, was the first person to set foot on the moon and is famous for saying about landing on the moon: “That is a small step for man, a great step for humanity.”
Now you will also become a pioneer in exploring the metaverse.
The United States Space Force will launch a satellite in his honor on June 17. It is the fifth vehicle in its fleet of GPS III satellites and will promote the navigation and global positioning services of the GPS constellation for military and civil users. Space Force is doing more than pushing the limits in space. They are exploring the metaverse by launching satellite NFTs alongside the actual launch.
This year seems to be the year that NFTs became a commodity. NFT stands for non-fungible token. They are unique blockchain-based assets that live on the blockchain. CryptoPunks and Cryptokitties were the first NFTs released in 2017. Since then, artists, YouTubers, actors, brands, and even AI have created their own NFTs. They went from being a strange and misunderstood merchandise to a still somewhat misunderstood but high value merchandise. For this groundbreaking initiative, Space Force partnered with digital artist companies Worldwide XR Y VueXR, to launch their own NFTs with augmented reality.
The NFT collection, called “Armstrong Satellite NFT Launch with Space Force”, is the USSF’s first non-expendable token (NFT) collection. It featured a limited edition digital twin NFT of the GPS III SV05 “ARMSTRONG” satellite and GPS III SV05 “ARMSTRONG” coin and patch NFTs modeled after the commemorative coins and patches typically reserved for USSF mission team members. NFTs are built at scale and accessible to their owner through the VueXR app available on iOS and Android.
On June 14, three days before the satellite launch, the “ARMSTRONG” NFT satellite will be available on Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a massively multiplayer online metaverse. The second partner platform on which NFTs will be available is Ethernity, a digital collection platform for items like playing cards. Armstrong NFTs will be available on Ethernity on June 17.
NFT and crypto as a way to support veterans
To get an “ARMSTRONG” NFT, you must have a wallet on the blockchain and a cryptocurrency to fill that wallet. In March 2021, the Biden Administration took on the challenges of cryptocurrency and filing with the IRS in The American Families Plan. The plan admits that cryptocurrency constitutes “a relatively small portion of business income today, cryptocurrency transactions are likely to increase in importance in the next decade …” Government agencies point to a future of blockchain-related activities to as they develop guidance and reporting procedures around cryptocurrencies. The NFT “ARMSTRONG” collection supports the US military and its veterans, but is not officially connected to or endorsed by the US Department of Defense or any of its branches.
The legacy of space in the metaverse
“As the Armstrong satellite provides crucial national security capabilities from orbit, the NFT collection further extends its legacy by leveraging the permanence of blockchain technology,” he said. Travis cloyd , CEO of WorldwideXR and Executive Producer of NFT. “The NFT collection reflects the desire of the USSF and Armstrong Estate to inspire and educate current and future generations about the importance of developing and promoting the space capabilities necessary to protect the US and its allies from threats related to the space”.
Cloyd also added about the launch: “It was an incredible educational collaboration to build next-level experiential NFTs with the Space Force GPS III Program on a satellite named after one of the greatest space pioneers in history. We had an out-of-this-world team, including our talented digital artists and NFT platform partners, producing everything from 3D satellite holograms to digital collectibles of GPS constellations. Some of the capabilities will include real-time AR viewing across the entire blockchain metaverse medium. “
“It was an incredible educational collaboration to build next-level experiential NFTs with the Space Force GPS III Program on a satellite named after one of the greatest space pioneers in history. We had an out-of-this-world team, including our talented digital artists and NFT platform partners, producing everything from 3D satellite holograms to digital collectibles of GPS constellations. Some of the capabilities will include real-time AR viewing across the entire blockchain metaverse medium. “
Neil Armstrong took a giant step forward for humanity. He also understood that mystery and the desire to understand drives humans into the future. He said: “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
Will the satellite named in his honor and the NFT collection inspire more people to explore space and the metaverse to reach new heights for humanity?