The Range Rover Autobiography impressively showed its towing prowess by pulling VSS Unity, named by Professor Stephen Hawking, in front of the world’s media as a beaming Branson addressed the crowd at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
Branson waved from atop the luxurious Range Rover like a member of royalty would to their humble subjects and blew kisses to family, stakeholders, partners and future astronauts in the audience.
A seat on the VSS Unity will cost you around $250k and already some high-profile names have reserved their place such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Justin Bieber and Aston Kutcher. However Branson ultimately wants space tourism to become a ‘regular affordable activity’.
A fleet of Land Rovers currently ferries around staff at their Mojave base and is involved in much of the support for the Virgin Galactic team and their future astronauts programme in New Mexico.
Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director at Virgin Galactic said: ‘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 starring role in today's events as our new SpaceShipTwo, Unity, made its global debut.’
Watch below as Branson introduces the new spaceship, towed by a Range Rover, to the world.
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