Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to buy Virgin Galactic space flight tickets

The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, who once accused the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, say they have used bitcoins to buy tickets for a trip on one of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flights.

The brothers, Olympic rowers who earned MBA degrees from Oxford University, have become bitcoin evangelists and investors and are planning to launch a fund to make it easy to trade the digital currency on the stock market.

In a blogpost, Tyler Winklevoss compared Branson's space endeavour and bitcoin entrepreneurs to major historical figures who changed the way the world was perceived, such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Nicolaus Copernicus.

"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.

Virgin Galactic, a US offshoot of Branson's London-based Virgin Group, is selling rides on its SpaceShipTwo for $250,000.

The twins are not the first to sign up for Virgin Galactic using bitcoins, but it is the highest-profile flight booking to date using the currency. Last November, Branson announced that a flight attendant from Hawaii had become the first person to pay for a seat with bitcoins.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/05/winklevoss-twins-bitcoins-virgin-galactic-space-flight