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In honor of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever set foot on the moon, the United States Space Force is launching a satellite on Thursday, June 17.
This will be the fifth of its GPS III satellite fleet, and will aid in advancing the GPS constellation’s navigation services to both military and civilian users, as per Forbes.
Instead of just exploring the frontiers of space, Space Force will also be exploring the metaverse—by launching non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to go along with the satellite.
The United States Space Force (USSF) has teamed up with digital artist companies WorldwideXR and VueXR to create custom NFTs, making use of augmented reality (AR).
The Armstrong Satellite NFT Launch with Space Force will be the first Space Force NFT collection. It includes a limited-edition digital twin NFT of the GPS III SV05 ‘ARMSTRONG’ satellite, and the GPS III SV05 ‘ARMSTRONG’ Coin and Patch NFTs – modeled after the commemorative coins and patches usually awarded to Space Force team members.
Those who purchase the NFTs will be able to access them via the VueXR app, available on both iOS and Android. From now till the launch, the ARMSTRONG NFTs will also be available to view on multiplayer online metaverse Star Atlas.
“The NFT collection reflects the USSF’s and the Armstrong Estate’s desire to inspire and educate current and future generations about the importance of developing and advancing space capabilities required to protect the US and its allies from space-related threats,” said Travis Cloyd, CEO of WorldwideXR, as per Forbes.