Startup will send art and gems to International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) will “become” a museum this year. Well, at least the laboratory in orbit will receive pieces that are normally exhibited in museums. Artwork and gemstones will be shipped to the site by startup Uplift Aerospace, which has signed a contract with NASA .

The items will be stored in a safe aboard the Space Station, the size of a closet. The idea of the project is “to establish commerce in space”.

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Objects brought into Earth's orbit range from rare coins and high-end jewelry to “soft products” intended for the crew aboard the Space Station. They will be put up for sale afterwards, or head to museums when they return to terra firma.

The logistics, however, to take the materials to the ISS have not yet been developed by the startup. Josh Hanes, CEO and President of Uplift Aerospace, admitted that this part has not yet been planned, in an interview with collectSPACE . The arts go into space in the second half of this year.

Image shows the International Space Station, which serves as a template for a company that wants to create a private space station
The Space Station will host the art gallery. Image: 3Dsculptor/Shutterstock

“The idea is that we can show the items while they're on the space station, but we're still working out the exact process for how that will be done,” Hanes said.

Oh, and of course there is still a connection to the blockchain, with a kind of non-fungible token (NFT) also in the vault. These will act as membership cards for the startup's “Space+” community, for people to access “real life space experiences”.

“Currently, NFTs don't have much use in the physical world. We are trying to incorporate this into them”, added the CEO.


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