VIRGIN GALACTIC AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION AS NEW SPACESHIP IS REVEALED

30 March 2021

Range Rover Astronaut Edition supporting the reveal of Virgin Galactic’s new Spaceship VSS Imagine

  • Land Rover extends global partnership with Virgin Galactic to 2024
  • Latest spaceship roll-out supported by Range Rover Astronaut Edition
  • Extension will result in a ten-year partnership between two world leaders in adventure, innovation and exploration 
  • Land Rover will continue to support Virgin Galactic’s day-to-day operations

Land Rover has announced a three-year extension to its global partnership with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial ‘spaceline’.

VIRGIN GALACTIC AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION
VIRGIN GALACTIC AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

Virgin Galactic’s latest spaceship was unveiled today, supported by a Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Land Rover will remain an integrated part of Virgin Galactic’s day-to-day operations as the company completes test flights with ‘SpaceShipTwo’ and begins a regular commercial service.

Land Rover vehicles are part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team, with roles which include towing the space vehicles, carrying equipment and clearing runways before take-off. They played key roles during the company’s first two spaceflights which saw Virgin Galactic become the first private company to fly humans to space on a spaceship designed for commercial service.

A fleet of Land Rovers also supported Virgin Galactic’s relocation from its manufacturing and test facilities in Mojave, California, to Spaceport America in New Mexico – the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

In 2019, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and Jaguar Land Rover Chief Creative Officer Prof Gerry McGovern OBE unveiled the Range Rover Astronaut Edition. Created by Land Rover SV Bespoke and offered exclusively to Virgin Galactic Future Astronauts, these luxury SUVs celebrate the partnership’s shared values and the Future Astronaut community’s historic contribution to the democratization of space.

VIRGIN GALACTIC AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

Virgin Galactic has a team of eight highly experienced pilots and is preparing for its next rocket-powered flight in New Mexico. Founder Sir Richard Branson is planning to fly to space later in 2021.

Accessible space travel for explorers worldwide is the next great big adventure. Land Rover is proud to work alongside the Virgin Galactic team to support all future astronauts as they push the boundaries of personal adventure even further.

Joe Eberhardt
President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America
VIRGIN GALACTIC AND LAND ROVER ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION

Land Rover vehicles provide invaluable support on the ground in Mojave and at Spaceport America in New Mexico. It is also fabulous to see our Future Astronauts around the world enjoying the unique Range Rover Astronaut Edition. We are delighted to be able to extend this strong partnership. With a shared pioneering spirit, pursuit of adventure and vision to push the boundaries of travel, this is a natural collaboration between our two companies and one that will take exploration to new heights.

Michael Colglazier
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Galactic

Further information

Land Rover Channels:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LandRover

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LandRover

Instagram: http://instagram.com/LandRover

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/LandRover

 

Virgin Galactic Channels:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LandRover

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LandRover

Instagram: http://instagram.com/LandRover

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/LandRover

 

Twitter - @VirginGalactic

Instagram - @VirginGalactic

Facebook - @Virgin Galactic

LinkedIn - @Virgin Galactic

YouTube - @Virgin Galactic

Notes to Editors

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

 

About Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated aerospace and space travel company, pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers, as well as a manufacturer of advanced air and space vehicles. It is developing a spaceflight system designed to offer customers a unique and transformative experience. You can find more information at https://www.virgingalactic.com/  

 

  • Today Virgin Galactic also unveiled the Company’s first Spaceship III in its growing fleet, VSS Imagine.
  • Imagine demonstrates progress toward efficient design and production, as Virgin Galactic works to scale the business for the long-term.
  • One of Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, Dee Chester, had a unique opportunity to play her part in the rollout of VSS Imagine, as her Astronaut Edition Range Rover towed the new spaceship out of the hangar for the first time.  
  • VSS Imagine will commence ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

 

Please find more information on the rollout of VSS Imagine and on Future Astronaut Dee Chester on the Virgin Galactic website: https://www.virgingalactic.com/news 

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