The cost of a ticket is $250,000 with commercial flights scheduled to start in 2014
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, who once alleged that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had stolen their idea have decided to use their bitcoin to buy tickets into space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic aircraft.
Winklevoss Capital founder Tyler Winklevoss said Bitcoin and Virgin Galactic are two technologies that meaningfully represent their focus at the company.
"It is in this vein that Cameron and I contemplate our tickets into space – as seed capital supporting a new technology that may forever change the way we travel, purchased with a new technology that may forever change the way we transact," he wrote.
"Since their inceptions, Bitcoin and Virgin Galactic have been writing the next chapter in our history books. While one is ushering in a new era of post-currency, entirely ledger-based decentralised financial systems, the other is ringing in a new era of post-aircraft, sub-orbital spacecraft-based travel systems."
"While it is initially exciting to focus on bitcoin the asset and low-earth orbit the experience, it is perhaps more interesting to imagine the possibilities of Bitcoin the decentralized financial protocol and Virgin Galactic the suborbital space protocol."
The cost of a ticket is $250,000 with commercial flights scheduled to start in 2014.
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