Range Rover Astronaut Edition revealed

Range Rover Astronaut Edition revealed

Well, specifically for anyone who has signed up to head into space with Virgin Galactic, that is, as limited Rangie will only be available to Virgin Galactic's "Future Astronaut" customers.

The Range Rover Astronaut Edition features unique exterior and interior design elements that the company says celebrates a "once in a lifetime experience and Virgin Galactic's unique community of Future Astronauts".

Created by the Special Vehicle Operations division, the rocketman Range Rover starts with an Autobiography Edition drenched in Zero Gravity Blue paint "inspired by the lovely effects of the night sky".

The vehicle even has a custom-crafted cupholder that features pieces from the front landing skid of Virgin Spaceship Unity's first space flight on December 2018. So far, around 600 people have signed up as "Future Astronauts" by reserving a flight. Once a buyer has flown into space on a Virgin Galactic flight, the discs will be replaced with part of the wooden skid from the craft they flew in. One of the cupholders features a quote from Virgin Galactic's founder, Sir Richard Branson, "see you up there" (Image: Virgin Galactic) Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: "Land Rover vehicles have been part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team since the launch of the partnership in 2014". The fleet of prototypes has just hit the. The aluminum door handles, meanwhile, will be engraved with the special constellation pattern of Virgin Galactic's future astronaut community - this design that will also appear on the glovebox.

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It will take more than money, connections, and a history with the brand to buy a Range Rover Astronaut Edition. In line with both brands' commitment to a sustainable future, the Astronaut Edition is available with Land Rover's P400e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, which delivers a combined 404PS, EV range of 42km and Carbon dioxide emissions of 72g/km - subject to market availability.

Speaking of space memorabilia that could be glued to the inside of an SUV, it can be surprisingly affordable. It marks another important milestone in the ongoing partnership between Land Rover and Virgin Galactic, which has been an authentic collaboration since the start.

Bits of old spacecraft regularly come up for auction by Bonhams and other auction houses, and stuff that has been to space on various flights can be surprisingly cheap, relatively speaking. There's a whole community of space hardware and memorabilia collectors out there. Back down on Earth, it also gives you the opportunity to purchase a special edition Range Rover which is only being sold to astronauts.

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