Land Rover Partners with Virgin Galactic in Search of Adventurous Spirits
You might not be able to drive on the moon, but thanks to the latest collaboration between Virgin Galactic and Land Rover, you and three friends might be able to go to space.
With the debut of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover reps will scout 29 different countries looking for “the world’s most adventurous spirits.” The winner, along with three of their friends, will have a once in a lifetime space flight at the end of the year.
Phil Popham, Jaguar Land Rover group marketing director, said in a statement that “our heritage is rooted in adventure, exploration and a desire to go above and beyond, and nothing embodies this discovery more than a trip to space.”
How do you qualify?
To qualify, adventurers are asked to first connect on Facebook and name their spacecraft. Along with your unique name, you are also asked to describe, in 500 words or less, why you and your friends are ready for such a discovery. Then, you need to submit a 30-second video, or send still images, showing your specific “spirit of adventure.” All entries need to be submitted at Land Rover’s website by October 30th. You can enter the competition at gotospace.landrover.com.
The name of this competition is fittingly named the “Galactic Discovery.” To promote the competition, Land Rover produced a video not only showcasing the upcoming 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport, but also incorporating some popular British celebrities including Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, adventurer (along with current Land Rover ambassador) Bear Grylls, and former actress and wildlife campaigner, Virginia McKenna.
Currently, the Land Rover and Virgin Galactic partnership hasn’t offered much more than a few rides in Land Rover vehicles transporting astronauts back and forth from Virgin’s New Mexico spaceport, but both companies are looking into future “development or immersive experiences” for all customers. They are also planning to develop multiple educational programs in science, technology, and engineering to help each brand continually develop into the future.
Virgin Galactic has been developing SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital shuttle, and theWhiteKnightTwo, a carrier shuttle, for about a decade now. While several tests have been successful, the first official flight that will carry Richard Branson and his family to space should take place later this year. Virgin is hoping that commercial flights will start shortly thereafter since currently there are hundreds of people waiting in line to go where many have only dreamed.
Looking to start an adventure of your own?
Land Rover Hinsdale has tons of new Land Rover SUVs that have the ability to get you out on the road for an unforgettable adventure. Stop over to our Hinsdale dealership today and speak with one of our knowledgeable sales representatives.