DOGE-1, the first crypto-funded mission to the moon, is set to launch early next year following a new partnership between two blockchain companies and manufacturer Geometric Energy Corporation, also known as GEC.

Smart exchange ecosystem Unizen and decentralized finance incubator ZenX announced Wednesday that they are in the process of building and launching DOGE-1, a 40-kilogram — roughly 88 pounds — CubeSat that will provide a new use case for cryptocurrencies. The CubeSat will travel to a “stable lunar orbit” in order to obtain lunar-spatial...