Space travel has been a theme in multiple sci-fi novels and movies for decades and centuries, and has been fascinating human minds for thousands of years. Finally, it may soon be entering the reality. But unlike in the Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel, space travelers today will need more than just a space suit.
Got Bitcoin? You are ready to travel then!
On December 13, 2018, Virgin Galactic made a great step forward towards the commercial space travel dream with the Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two entering space for the first time.
“Spaceship Two is now the first crewed vehicle built for commercial service to reach space,” Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson exclaimed happily in his blog post.
Mr. Branson, a Bitcoin believer and investor since 2013, made HODL’ing much harder when he announced his company would be accepting BTC for passenger space travels.
“Virgin Galactic is one of the universe’s most exciting, futuristic companies. Bitcoin… [is] one of the world’s most innovative businesses looking to the future. So we think it is about time Virgin Galactic customers can choose to pay with bitcoins,” Mr. Branson wrote in another post.
He already has a line-up of astronauts-to-be who have purchased Virgin Galactic tickets using bitcoins, and he expects many more to follow in their footsteps.
The company officials are not sure exactly when people will be able to ride to the edge of space. But it will be “soon” after flight tests will have been successfully completed and Virgin Galactic founder and his employees traveled into the space on multiple flights.
A seat on a Virgin Galactic flight costs $250,000, or as of this writing, 73,12 BTC.
Orion Span is another project with similar plans: a luxury hotel in the space. Aurora Station will be the world’s first space hotel 200 miles above the Earth’s surface.
The project is also friendly to cryptocurrencies. Besides Bitcoin (BTC), they accept Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC).
Needless to say, the hotel will have all the traditional amenities plus the virtual ones like a holodeck and wireless Internet. Hotel residents will also participate in scientific space experiments to study human body in near-zero gravity conditions.
Aurora Station is hoped to launch in 2022. A 12-night stay on the craft will cost $9.5 million.
Since the project launched in April 2018, the space hotel reportedly has sold out its first six months of reservations to travelers from all around the world.
Like Mr. Branson, Orion Span team believes accepting cryptocurrencies is only natural for a forward-thinking project that aims to put ordinary people into space.
We can only wish good luck to the space pioneers and hope that one day, traveling in space will be as safe as a plane flight and affordable to most people if not everyone!
Image sources: Orion Span and R.A. Heinlein book cover
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