“To the moon!!” That is the traditional rallying cry of digital currency fanatics. Now it appears that Dogecoin will not only go to the moon, but it will race three mini-rovers on its surface.
Courtesy of RevUp Render, Team Phoenicia, and the newly formed VeryCharity Inc., the Lunar Iditarod will be a multi-stage robotics challenge that will place the three best competing rovers on the moon’s surface to compete in a nine-meter race.
The Lunar Iditarod is not a fund-raiser, crowdsourcing-initiative, or pipe-dream; it is fully backed and will definitely be happening, although the grand prize is yet to be determined.
Further details will be released next week, but for now we do know the structure of the competition and who is backing it.
The challenge is composed of five gated stages, with each stage building upon the previous one to ensure that the final three rovers, or “DogeSleds,” are up to the challenge of racing on the moon’s surface. The race action will be captured by still-action cameras mounted on the DogeSleds. Registration to compete in the first stage of the challenge will begin May 21st, requiring an entry fee of 2,250,000 Đ. Each stage has successively larger prizes for the best performing team.
The Lunar Iditarod Challenge
[dropcap size=small]E[/dropcap]ach DogeSled will be 3 centimeters tall, 5 centimeters wide, and 10 centimeters long when stowed, weighing no more than 85 grams. They will each have a RevUp Render logo as well as a Dogecoin logo, in addition to a 1 megapixel camera.
Stage 1: A standard race. Each Dogesled must demonstrate that it can connect to wifi and travel 9 meters in under 10 minutes on substrate emulating the surface of the moon. Every Dogesled that meets the requirements will be eligible for the second stage, but only the fastest one will get the prize of 3 million dogecoins.
Stage 2: The DogeSleds must again travel 9 meters in under 10 minutes, but this time they must take pictures at a given rate and upload them automatically to the competition’s website.
Stage 3: The third stage is the environmental test, requiring each DogeSled to be stowed in the prototype of the actual carrier that will transport them to the moon. Once stowed, the DogeSleds will be subjected to vibration and heat levels that are to be expected during their space travel. After surviving this test, the DogeSleds must again travel 9 meters in 10 minutes on lunar regolith.
Stage 4: This stage will be a series of head-to-head elimination races resulting in the fastest three DogeSleds qualifying to race on the moon.
Stage 5: To the moon!! The top three DogeSleds from the previous stage will be race on the moon, uploading pictures from their 1 megapixel cameras for judges and fans to see their progress.
As awesome as the RevUp Render Lunar Iditarod Challenge is, it would not be tied to digital currency were it not for the efforts of VeryCharity, Inc., the first fully incorporated entity created for the sole purpose of promoting Dogecoin. I reached out to Birdie Jaworski from the Very Charity Board of Directors to tell me more about Very Charity:
Very Charity, Inc. (VC), a Colorado non-profit Corporation, is the first Dogecoin-only non-profit corporation engaged in awareness and advocacy work. VC was formed on May 1, 2014, for the purpose of extending Dogecoin awareness and advocacy efforts to totally new users and industries. Having a non-profit entity allows us to offer a legal, transparent vertical service and gives the Dogecoin community access to that service.
Traditionally the Dogecoin community has relied on anyone willing to step-up and do the work, but as the proposed initiatives get more complex, the need for a transparent, volunteer organization like VeryCharity became apparent. I asked Birdie why VC chose the Lunar Iditarod as their first project:
VC will consider any worthy cause to support where we believe we can have a positive effect on the public awareness and perception of cryptocurrencies. Having passed our due diligence and feasibility checks, we were delighted to accept the offer from RURI and TP to advise on their project.
Birdie assured me that further details will be released by RevUp Render and Team Phoenicia next week. Also, I was told there will be interviews with the scientists involved in the next issue of VeryMuchWow Magazine.