Virgin Galactic is proud to partner with a select group of brands who share our commitment to innovation, exploration, and the determination to act on your dreams. These partners are a critical part of our support team and are integral to our vision of democratizing access to space.
We couldn’t be more delighted to have Land Rover join us on our journey to space as our exclusive automotive and key brand partner. It is hard to think of two brands, both with a great British heritage, that are more synonymous with exploration and adventure. The engineering excellence of Land Rover’s vehicles, which have been the stuff of legend for more than 65 years, are attributes which also lie at the heart of Virgin Galactic.
Land Rover has provided a fleet of vehicles at Virgin Galactic’s facilities at the Mojave Air and Space Port and at Spaceport America. These uniquely capable and flexible vehicles will play a key role in the experience of Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, supporting them during training and transporting them from Spaceport America to their waiting spaceship. Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover vehicles are already supporting flight operations and assisting with other towing and transport requirements for pilots and other key Virgin Galactic personnel alike.
Our partnership extends beyond ground support. Both brands run significant STEM education programs, which encourage young people to aspire to a future in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and together we both see the huge potential to develop this partnership to inspire others and motivate more young people to pursue careers in these vitally important fields. Land Rover and Virgin Galactic have begun to explore potential collaborations and the development of dual-brand immersive experiences for customers.The participants in the world‘s first commercial spaceline deserve apparel fit for the future. Y-3, the collaboration between Japanese design guru Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, which for more than ten years has been at the forefront of the high-end sportswear industry, has the vision and the expertise to create that future now.
As Virgin Galactic’s space-apparel partner, Y-3 will produce the full range of jointly designed garments required by our commercial spaceflight operation, from flight-suits for our future astronauts and pilots, to garments worn by our operations and maintenance teams as well as our hosting staff.
Y-3 stand out in the industry for truly bold and visionary design, underpinned by a technical know-how and an approach to style which emphasizes the use of advanced fabrics, special techniques and bespoke specifications to ensure fit, comfort and performance.
At the launch of the partnership in January 2016, the companies revealed the prototype pilot flight-suit.