August 05, 2014

Virgin Galactic Partners with Global Publisher DK to Release Seven New Book Titles about Space

World’s First Commercial Spaceline and Bestselling Publishing House Will Release Seven Books about the Wonders of Space for Readers of All Ages

MOJAVE, Calif. – Aug. 5, 2014 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, today announced a partnership with global book publisher DK to publish seven exclusive titles over the next two years. The first book under the deal, titled Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience, will be published in October 2014 as Virgin Galactic moves toward the launch of the first commercial spaceflight.

Capturing the wonder and possibility of space, the books are designed to narrate Virgin Galactic’s story of commercial spaceflight through beautiful storytelling and photography. The flagship book, Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience, will publish in October 2014 and inspire excitement surrounding Virgin Galactic’s planned first commercial voyage into space. This fully-illustrated family reference will give the reader an exclusive look at the spacecraft and take readers through each step of the journey that Virgin Galactic future astronauts will embark on.

Critically-acclaimed and bestselling publishers DK share Virgin Galactic’s vision to capture the wonder of spaceflight. Their books aim to draw young people into the excitement that Virgin Galactic shares for democratizing space. With Virgin Galactic’s commitment to inspiring young people in the areas of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), the books explore the many benefits to mankind, enterprising personalities, and entrepreneurism that commercial spaceflight enables.

“Human space flight has the capability to inspire and educate people of all ages. Through our partnership with DK, we can creatively bring this powerful experience to life and reach countless people of ages through beautiful images and one-of-a-kind storytelling,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.

The titles under this partnership will highlight key aspects of the Virgin Galactic future astronaut experience, giving readers an exclusive look at the excitement leading up to and during a commercial space flight. Other titles planned for 2014 include, Make Your Own: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and Ultimate Sticker Collection: Virgin Galactic. Four more titles are planned for release in 2015.

About DK
DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK also publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Random House.