Range Rover has played a key part in launching Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship at a global event in California.

The British carmaker’s involvement was the result of a partnership between the two international companies, which started in April 2014 with the shared desire to push the boundaries of technical innovation.

A Range Rover Autobiography was the star of the show at the launch, towing out the new SpaceShipTwo – which is officially known as VSS Unity – in front of media, special guests and a group of Virgin Galactic’s ‘Future Astronauts’.

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Galactic, was stood out of the sunroof of the luxury SUV as it towed the new spaceship at the Mojave Air and Space Port event.

A fleet of Land Rover vehicles is currently used by the Virgin Galactic team at its base in Mojave, and the cars will be an important part of its commercial operations for future astronauts at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Commercial director at Virgin Galactic, Stephen Attenborough commented: “Since our partnership began in April 2014, Land Rover has become an integral part of the team’s day-to-day operating environment in Mojave. Therefore it was fitting that the Range Rover Autobiography took a staring role in today’s events as our new SpaceShipTwo, Unity, made its global debut. We’re looking forward to more collaborations across the business including STEM programmes as well as engineering, design and product initiatives.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

February 22, 2016