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Land Rover vehicles were responsible for supporting Virgin Galactic's first commercial space flight with a full crew.

14 Jul 2021 | International News : U.S.A


Land Rover can now add the frontier of space to the various locations its vehicles have aided mankind to explore.

This is thanks to the work of commercial 'spaceline' Virgin Galactic, which completed its first ever fully crewed space flight with founder Sir Richard Branson on board as one of four Mission Specialists.

A Land Rover Defender 110 towed Sir Richard Branson's spacecraft to waiting well-wishers after the mission
The SpaceShipTwo Unity craft travelled with four Mission Specialists and two pilots on board, starting and completing their mission at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

It was from here that Sir Richard Branson arrived for the 'Unity 22' mission in a Range Rover Astronaut Edition, and after a safe landing, his spacecraft was towed back to waiting well-wishers by a Land Rover Defender 110.

Virgin Galactic's fourth crewed spaceflight was also the first to carry a full crew. Those in the cabin experienced out-of-seat weightlessness and incredible views of Earth from space.

Audiences around the world watched a livestream of the space flight, seeing first-hand the extraordinary experience Virgin Galactic is creating for future astronauts.

Beyond the extraordinary spaceflights, Land Rovers are also a 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 for the first private company to fly humans into space in a craft designed for commercial service.

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