Virgin Galactic has completed another successful glide test of its VSS Unity spaceplane, putting the company on track to send tourists into space within months.
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced awhile ago that his company Virgin Galactic would be accepting Bitcoin currency for its commercial spaceflights, scheduled to begin this year.
So far, more than 700 affluent customers, including celebrities Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on one of Virgin’s space trips, with commercial flights planned for the end of the year.
Virgin Galactic plans to operate flights out of New Mexico. Company officials have said VSS Unity spaceplane passengers will have the chance to experience weightlessness and glimpse a rare view of Earth against the black backdrop of space.
While the world of travel is rapidly advancing, the world of payments is changing fast too. The days of carrying cash and coins could soon be over. Sometime in the future, innovative payment models such as Bitcoin will become serious challengers to traditional banks, which will spur more competition and give customers even more options.
Virgin Galactic is a company looking into the future, so is Bitcoin. So it makes sense we would offer Bitcoin as a way to pay for your journey to space. A lot of the people who have joined Bitcoin are tech-minded people, as are many of our current future astronauts.
We would be delighted to welcome more of the Bitcoin community as future astronauts.
– Richard Branson
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