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This article was published on November 22, 2013

Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic now accepts Bitcoins for its suborbital spaceflights

Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic now accepts Bitcoins for its suborbital spaceflights Image by: AFP/Getty Images
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Bitcoin has hit a new milestone: You can now use the digital currency to pay for a suborbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic.

A female flight attendant from Hawaii has already bought a ticket for an upcoming trip using Bitcoins, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says he expects “many more to follow in her footsteps.”

The world-renowned entrepreneur has bought some Bitcoins of his own and thinks that the concept behind the currency is fascinating. “For people who can afford to invest a little in bitcoins, it’s worth looking into,” he added.

The first commercial space flight on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise is scheduled for August next year.

Bitcoins in Space

Image Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages

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