PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth’s realm once space travel and tourism take off.
PayPal, which is eBay Inc.’s payments business, says it is launching an initiative called PayPal Galactic with the help of the nonprofit SETI Institute and the Space Tourism Society, an industry group focused on space travel. Questions to be answered include how commerce will be regulated and what currency will be used. PayPal’s president, David Marcus, said the company is very serious about the idea. He says that while space tourism was once the stuff of science fiction, it’s now becoming a reality.News Tribune news services