The commercialization of the ultimate frontier continues apace.
Final week, the businesses Nanoracks LLC and Artemis Music Leisure teamed as much as beam a recording of composer Claude Debussy’s piano masterpiece “Clair de Lune” (“Moonlight”) to and from the International Space Station.
Music has been despatched to, and made on, the orbiting lab earlier than. However the two firms minted this model of “Clair de Lune” as a non-fungible token (NFT), making it the primary music NFT to succeed in orbit, Artemis Music representatives stated.
“The cosmic perspective of area evokes a cognitive shift in people,” Artemis Music co-founder Bob Richards stated in an announcement. “‘Clair de Lune’ maybe comes as shut as doable to stirring the feelings of awe and marvel skilled by area vacationers.”
Debussy revealed “Clair de Lune” in 1905. The space-flown model of the traditional, which you will discover here, was carried out by Hong Kong-based pianist Wing-Chong Kam on July 19 of this yr. On July 28, it was beamed from Nanoracks’ Houston headquarters to the corporate’s Bishop airlock on the Worldwide House Station.
The digital file zoomed round Earth for about 90 minutes, finishing one orbit within the course of, earlier than being transmitted again down and minted as an NFT, Artemis Music representatives stated.
NFTs are items of knowledge, saved in a digital ledger generally known as a blockchain, that characterize distinctive property — therefore the “non-fungible” a part of the time period. The previous few months have seen a increase in NFT artwork gross sales, with a few of these digital tokens selling for millions of dollars.
Artemis Music Leisure, a brand new firm based mostly in Cape Canaveral, Florida, goals to carve out its personal area of interest within the NFT scene. Final week’s “Clair de Lune” motion was a check of its Artemis House Community, a brand new space-based business platform for music and leisure media.
“The best way that you simply combine the blockchain contract with telemetry that may show the place the file was and when it was in area had by no means been completed earlier than,” Richards, who’s additionally the co-founder and CEO of the robotic exploration firm Moon Express, instructed House.com.
“So, the primary node check of the Artemis House Community was to essentially show out communications protocols and the method of minting the digital work into an NFT that may be significant, legitimate and genuine,” he added.
If all goes in line with plan, many artists, musicians and different creators will use the Artemis House Community sooner or later, beaming their very own works to orbit — and, ultimately, to the moon, Mars and past, Richards stated. Artemis Music will get a share of the following income, working a lot as streaming suppliers corresponding to Spotify do, he added.
Artemis Music additionally has some extra idealistic goals for the enterprise, Richards stated. For instance, the “Clair de Lune” NFT will ultimately be bought, however the proceeds will go to the Artemis Music Basis, which goals to help artists and get individuals enthusiastic about area exploration.
“We’re attempting to do one thing that is actually real, genuine and gives actual inspiration functionality to musicians, artists, creators, and to individuals who do not feel related to area,” Richards stated. “It is the accessibility to area that we’re attempting to convey to each inventive globally that does not exist proper now — the precise functionality of interacting with area with their inventive course of and with their inventive work.”
Artemis Music’s enterprise mannequin is one in all a quantity now discovering a foothold within the ultimate frontier. For instance, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin flew its first paying buyer to suborbital area final month, on a flight that also included the billionaire himself. And Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is poised to start business operations of its suborbital spaceliner VSS Unity in early 2022, supplied a couple of extra check flights this fall go properly.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is already launching NASA astronauts to and from the area station aboard its Crew Dragon capsule, and the corporate is gearing up for an all-private mission this fall. That coming flight, generally known as Inspiration4, will carry billionaire Jared Isaacman and three different individuals on a three-day journey to Earth orbit, with no station meetup.
Houston-based firm Axiom House has booked a number of missions to the space station with SpaceX, the primary of which is scheduled to launch early subsequent yr. Axiom additionally plans to launch a business module to the station within the subsequent few years and ultimately function its personal business outpost in Earth orbit.
Mike Wall is the writer of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate), a guide concerning the seek for alien life. Comply with him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Comply with us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Fb.