Friday, October 05, 2007
In Space: Just Pay in Cold 'Quid'
As the development of space tourism continues and the possibility of multiple moon bases by 2050 exist, the foreign currency exchange firm Travelex with scientists from the British National Space Centre and the University of Leicester are seeking to establish the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid.
The QUID has been designed to withstand the stresses of space travel and the extreme environment found in orbit around the Earth. It has also been created so that it can be purchased on earth in any one of the 176 currencies used around the globe.
Travelex is currently quoting the currency at $12.77 USD to the Quid.
Professor George Fraser from the University of Leicester told BBC News: "With an inflatable space hotel, from Bigelow Aerospace, under development in the United States, and Virgin Galactic developing SpaceShipTwo, there will be better access to space than there has been."