Land Rover and Virgin Galactic continue unique partnership
The unique partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which was formed in April 2014, has been invaluable for both companies, with the shared development experiences pushing both brands to the very cutting edge of technology for space and land vehicles.
With the development of the new Discovery Sport reaching its ultimate test phase and Galactic continuing its space flight test programmes, both companies wanted to give a glimpse of what takes place in their testing schedules.
Land Rover programme director Murray Dietsch said: "Discovery Sport prototypes have covered approximately 750,000 miles during the testing phase, in some of the world's harshest and most challenging terrains and climates. A total of 181 prototype vehicles were built, completing over 11,000 tests over their lifetimes around the globe, ensuring total confidence in the robustness of build and design of the vehicles."
The CEO of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, added: "As we look to launching the world's first spaceline, Virgin Galactic continues to push boundaries and develop pioneering new innovations that bring to life our vision." Mr Whiteside went on to say that in design and engineering, like Land Rover, Virgin Galactic's focus is on ingenuity, precision, and unparalleled design.
The partnership shows a combined vision based on a pioneering spirit and innovative technology and is designed to push boundaries for the next generation of travel. Both companies recognise the difficulties involved in new vehicle development, whether urban terrain, off-road or space. The sharing of experiences is seen as an important part of this development.