Winklevosses buy tickets on Virgin Galactic with crypto-currency Bitcoin
March 7, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
NEW YORK--Big Bitcoin backers the Winklevoss brothers said Wednesday they had used the virtual currency to buy tickets into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic aircraft.
Brushing off a rise in doubts over the viability of the crypto-currency, the tycoon twins said they were following in the footsteps of great adventurers like Ferdinand Magellan and Edmund Hillary in exploring the possibilities of Bitcoin.
"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," Tyler Winklevoss said.
Writing on the website of their company, Winklevoss Capital, he said they would use the currency to book passage on a Virgin Galactic flight, which promises a short trip through sub-orbital space and the experience of floating gravity-less through the aircraft.