Land Rover has been Virgin Galactic’s automotive companion, offering Richard Branson’s area fetish with autos to be used in and round its bases of operations. Now, the automaker has whipped up a particular version only for the souls who intend to take SpaceShipTwo to the sting of area.
This week, Land Rover’s Particular Car Operations unveiled the Vary Rover Astronaut Version. Solely accessible to those that signal as much as be a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut, the automobile options space-themed doodaddery inside and outside. It is accessible with a purchaser’s selection of a plug-in hybrid or V8 powertrain.
The Astronaut Version’s exterior is swathed within the one-off Zero Gravity Blue paint job, which Land Rover says is “impressed by the depth and depth of the night time sky.” The one different main additions to the outside are a set of puddle lamps, which bear the silhouette of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft, and a few Astronaut Version badges on the aspect and tailgate.
The inside will get a lot of the consideration. The cupholders carry a chunk of the Virgin Spaceship Unity’s entrance touchdown skid, considered one of which has a Richard Branson quote on it, but it surely’ll be swapped out for a chunk of that astronaut’s personal ship after the flight ends. There is a distinctive “DNA of Flight” graphic on the middle console and rear armrest. The door handles are constituted of strong aluminum and carry a constellation sample, and it is repeated on the again of every entrance headrest. Astronauts can even have their initials stitched on the headrests.
Earlier than you go questioning how astronauts can afford Vary Rovers, it is price noting that these aren’t “astronauts” as you would possibly consider them, scientists and engineers who spend their complete lives getting ready for the trials of area journey. As a substitute, these are area vacationers plunking down $250,00zero for 90 seconds of zero-gravity expertise. There’s some pre-flight coaching, in fact, but it surely’s not precisely NASA.
Nonetheless, odds are that Virgin’s Future Astronauts will not have an excessive amount of hassle plunking down no matter money is required to personal this Vary Rover — the automaker did not specify how a lot it might price, however for context, a regular Vary Rover Autobiography begins at $143,00zero within the US.