Victor Hespanha, a 28-year-old Brazilian from Minas Gerais, couldn’t imagine simply buying non-fungible tokens (NFTs) taking him into space. But literally, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
The production engineer acquired digital collectibles on the blockchain from crypto-focused space agency Crypto Space Agency (CSA) and was lured to billionaire Jeff Bezos’ space tourism company Blue Origin for its fifth manned crew flight. New Shepard Rockets.
The CSA made the official announcement in a press release issued on Monday (9).
According to the Crypto Space Agency, Victor’s trip will be fully sponsored by the organization, which aims to unite the space industry with the world of cryptocurrencies.
“At a historic moment where the real-world impact that Web3 — and NFTs in particular — can have is starting to emerge, the CSA is making space travel accessible to ordinary people,” the company said in a statement.
A launch date for the crewed voyage has not been announced.
NFTs take Brazilians to space
According to CSA, as of April 25, 2021, the organization has offered 5,555 Gen 1 NFTs in the market. At the time, the group promised NFT buyers that it would give one of them a chance to go to space.
Back on April 30, the company used an on-chain randomizer to choose its first password. That’s when Victor Hespaña was chosen.
Hespanha is passionate about the space and said he invested in the asset as part of his portfolio diversification strategy.
“I bought it for its upside potential,” Hespanha said. “I never thought mine would be drawn. CSA is fulfilling my childhood dream with NFTs.”
For Isto É, Victor said he knew very little about the trip, for example, it will last 11 minutes, 5 of which are in zero gravity:
“We’re going to leave the atmosphere and float in the capsule at high speed for five minutes. From the videos I’ve seen, the ‘window’ is huge and you can see a lot,” he said.
The engineer said he invested around R$4,000 in NFTs. However, I didn’t expect this to be enough to pay for a trip to space:
“It’s also scary, I didn’t expect [que conseguiria]. I am an ordinary person, but I have this rare opportunity. This is to show that space travel isn’t just for billionaires. “
second brazilian in space
Victor will become the second Brazilian to fly into space. The first of these was former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Marcos Pontes in 2006.
In fact, despite the trillions of dollars spent by the space agency, only an average of six people are in space at any one time.
According to the CSA, the main premise is that the space and crypto industries share a shared vision of greater political and economic freedom, and that together they can unleash human imagination and enthusiasm for space.
“It’s a moment of maturity for an emerging nation to implement a space program. It’s a moment of profound symbolism for the crypto nation to have the first cryptographer,” said CSA co-founder Joshua Skurla. The transformation of society into real life begins. “
In addition to space travel, the CSA said it is investing in new ways to find extraterrestrial intelligence, defend against potentially dangerous asteroids, and incubate extraterrestrial commercial ventures. To do this, the organization will use NFT revenue and a 7.5% royalties on secondary sales.
Additionally, the CSA plans to send another NFT holder into space by the end of the year.
“When Victor bought his first NFT, he stepped out of the real world, and now he’s really leaving the planet. It’s a matrix moment,” said CSA co-founder Sam Hutchison. “Web3 is blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. CSA is bringing these amazing experiences to its members.”
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