The United States Space Force (USSF) has announced the debut of its “Armstrong Satellite NFT Launch with Space Force” Non-Fungible Token (NFT) series. The NFT series, produced in collaboration with Ethernity Chain and Star Atlas, is named after Neil Armstrong, the first American and human to land on the moon.
The NFT series will include, among other things, a limited edition digital twin NFT of the GPS III SV05 “ARMSTRONG” satellite and 3D NFTs portraying the 30-plus satellites now in orbit constituting the GPS constellation around the Earth, according to the official release.
The Armstrong Satellite, named after Neil Armstrong’s historic feat, has inherent significance in that it will offer military and civilian users accurate global positioning and navigation systems.
The entry of a well-known US government agency into the NFT metaverse indicates that the industry’s potential is rapidly approaching maturity and public acceptability. The relationship with USSF, according to the Ethernity Chain team, is a win for blockchain immutability.
Ethernity Chain CEO Nick Rose said:
“This is a historic opportunity for the NFT and blockchain space to push the medium forward and commemorate a moment both technologically and futuristically. We can now put this launch and Neil Armstrong’s historic achievements on the immutable ledger and memorialize and tokenise it on an NFT that the public can participate in.”
The US government is well-known for being a strong promoter and investor in blockchain technology. The transition to NFTs demonstrates the company’s faith in the technology’s ability to reproduce user experiences and preserve historical artifacts. While NASA supports a blockchain-based space communication project, its foray into blockchain has been linked to the potential introduction of a cryptocurrency, similar to how the agency was looking for a data scientist.