- Which currency will people use to pay for things in outer space?
- How will regulation work? Because everything and everyone in space will be out of the jurisdiction of traditional Earth-bound nation states, will there even be any banking and/or currency regulations?
- How will customers in space stay connected to their bank accounts and services back home?
Paypal has partnered with the SETI Institute to tackle some of these questions, in the process making a bold move to position itself at the head of the pack for any space-related payment option. Paypal’s President David Marcus gave the launch speech on June 27, 2013, going over some of the key details of their program for interstellar commerce from a stage at the SETI Institute, in the company of Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. You can see the full speech below, and read more about the Paypal Galactic program.