Land Rover tows out new Virgin Galactic spaceship for global debut and naming

By CARSIFU | 22 February 2016

LOS ANGELES: Land Rover helped Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson unveil Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo at a special reveal and naming ceremony at their Mojave Air and Space Port base in California on Friday.

A Range Rover Autobiography took centre stage at the global reveal, towing out the new SpaceShipTwo – officially christened VSS Unity – in front of the media, guests and a group of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts.

Sir Richard arrived in the Range Rover followed by the SpaceShipTwo. The event also marked the official naming of the new SpaceShipTwo, with Stephen Hawking revealing the name VSS Unity via a recorded message.

Announced in April 2014, the tow-out of VSS Unity by a Range Rover Autobiography marked the latest milestone in the partnership between the two brands.

A fleet of Land Rover vehicles provides logistical support for the Virgin Galactic team at its base in Mojave, and will form part of its commercial operations for future astronauts at Spaceport America in New Mexico.