A Park City-based business is one more step in offering a diverse community the chance to explore space.
Uplift Aerospace officially launched its Space + NFT project at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, and the project is designed to help give people from all walks of life physical and digital access to microgravity, low-earth orbit flights. , to the moon and beyond, said CEO Josh Hanes.
“The mission of Space + is to provide better access to space and to create diversity in space,” said Hanes. “The culmination of the final phase of Space + will be a historic, community-supported lunar rover mission to the Moon.”
The Space + project will begin this mission by offering NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, to build that community through memberships, he said.
“Our interest in NFTs is that they are a great platform for anyone who can get involved,” Hanes said. “Millions of people are engaging in NFTs, and many NFT purchasing processes have been streamlined. It is also easy to show and prove ownership of NFTs through the blockchain.
Once the NFTs are available, members of the public will purchase them to access the experiences and products offered by Uplift Aerosmith, including commerce, according to Hanes.
“We are creating small shopping centers and we just signed a contract with NASA to deploy one on the International Space Station,” he said.
These malls will be what Hanes calls the “Constellation Vaults,” exhibition platforms for artists, brand designers and other designers, which will roll out later this year, according to Hanes.
“This is how we envision this first step in creating commerce between Earth and space,” he said. “When people buy the NFTs, they will have the ability to see the items on the space station and send items to the Constellation Vault, and that’s part of the big vision where we create products, a physical location and a community. to support this. “
Another benefit of using NFTs is providing access to the larger community, Hanes said.
“Anyone can access it, and it’s exciting,” he said.
Hanes, a graduate of the University of Utah, has always been interested in space and has followed aerospace developments all his life.
“I graduated with a degree in physics, and in 2017 we decided to pull the trigger on the concept of creating commerce in space, as many technologies that have been developed in recent decades are coming to the market.” , did he declare. . “We felt there was an opportunity to become first in a field that is historic when it comes to the next human step in space.”
Yet intergalactic commerce isn’t the only thing that drives Uplift Aerospace, Hanes said.
The company uses cutting-edge technology to manufacture and deliver products from space to ensure a sustainable future on Earth, he said.
“Part of the reason we chose the name Uplift Aerospace is because we believe everything we do in space is for the purpose of protecting Earth,” Hanes said. “Space exploration can be all about scientific research, and scientific research can empower us to make better decisions for the future. We are not going to space because we have the desire to leave Earth. We go to space to learn more about Earth and our place in the solar system.
There is currently an international crew of seven who live and work on the International Space Station, according to NASA, and Hanes believes the more people who have access to space, the better.
“Several space stations were announced last year, and it is a mistake to think that we should not be devoting resources to exploring the space around us,” he said. “I think this is a mistake, because space has a direct impact on the future of humanity.”