Victor Hespanha should be the second Brazilian to go into space this Saturday (4th). The 28-year-old miner is set to embark on a Blue Origin spaceflight after winning the lottery for NFT owners at the Crypto Space Agency (CSA).
Blue Origin is a privately held commercial aerospace company founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It competes with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch space payloads and satellites for companies and governments.
Victor was originally scheduled to go into space on May 20, but during an inspection of the equipment, Blue Origin wanted to push back the flight date after it discovered a part that was outside of the company’s standards.
The CSA issued a series of 5,555 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) called Gen-1s. Everyone who bought an NFT entered a lottery that ended up winning the favor of the Brazilians.
By purchasing NFTs, customers become members of a community that aims to nurture and enable space projects through cryptocurrencies, among other benefits, according to the company.
The first of those benefits was space travel, but soon the CSA said it would disclose other benefits to members.
The company says on its website that its mission is to “combine the technology of the space industry with the innovative and financial power of the crypto market to accelerate humanity’s future in space.”
The Bitcoin Portal asks if any services are provided to companies like NASA, Space-X or Blue Origin, or if the revenue comes from the creation of NFTs. The company confirmed that this is the second case so far.
“However, in order to expand the needs of the space sector, CryptoSpace today is also focused on developing solutions and products that may emerge from Web 3.0,” he said.
In a press release, CSA co-founder Sam Hutchison emphasized that Victor’s travels reinforce the agency’s mission: “We are committed to combining the technology of the space industry with the innovative and financial power of the crypto market so that humanity can have beyond Earth. Vision for the future.”
Joshua Skurla, also co-founder, stressed that the agency’s entry into the market will democratize this experience, previously limited to a very specific audience, to the wider community.
First Brazilian in space
On March 30, 2006, the first Brazilian to go into space was astronaut Marcos Cesar Pontes. He and two other astronauts – Russian Pavel Vinogradov and American Jeffrey Williams – left the rocket launch spaceport. Take the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. After eight days on the space station, the astronauts returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft.
Most recently, Marcos Pontes served as science and technology minister from 2019 to 2022, for most of Bolsonaro’s term.
Pontes left the portfolio in March to run for federal representation in the state of São Paulo in October’s election.