Land Rover has extended its global partnership with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space line, for a further three years. The news comes when millionaire Richard Branson’s company unveils the majestic VSS Imagine spacecraft.
Through this alliance, Land Rover will continue to be an integral part of Virgin Galactic’s day-to-day operations and will participate in SpaceShipThree test flights and start-up commercial services. Land Rover’s activities include towing space vehicles, transporting equipment and preparing the runways for take-off.
Land Rover units played a key role in the company’s first two space flights, in which Virgin Galactic became the first private company to take people into space aboard a space vehicle for commercial purposes. In addition, the Land Rover fleet assisted in the relocation of Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing and testing facilities in Mojave, California, to Spaceport America in New Mexico – the world’s first commercial-purpose spaceport.
Virgin Galactic has already received approximately 600 registrations from customers who want to be the astronauts of the future and who will arrive on Spaceport America flights in Land Rover vehicles.
In 2019, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Creative Officer Professor Gerry McGovern, officer of the British Order, introduced the Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Created by Land Rover’s SV Bespoke team and offered exclusively to future Virgin Galactic astronauts, this luxury SUV pays tribute to the shared values of this association and the historic contribution of the future astronaut community to the democratization of space. .
Virgin Galactic has a team of eight highly-skilled pilots and is immersed in preparations for its next rocket-powered flight from New Mexico. Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the company, is scheduled to travel to space in late 2021.