The sky is no longer the limit for Jaguar Land Rover after the firm agreed a deal to supply vehicles to astronauts.

Solihull-based Land Rover has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic.

Land Rover vehicles will be used by Virgin Galactic’s ‘astronauts’ at the company’s test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at the actual base for space flights, Spaceport America in New Mexico. The cars will even be used to ferry passengers from the terminal to the spaceship itself.

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It used the launch of the new Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept at the New York Motor Show to unveil the partnership, which came against the backdrop of the launch of SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft.

Sir Richard said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to have Land Rover join us on our incredible journey. It is hard to think of a brand which is more synonymous with exploration and adventure. We look forward to crossing the final frontier together and to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Phil Popham, group marketing director of Jaguar Land Rover said: “This is a marriageof two of Britain’s most iconic brands which celebrate shared values, a pioneering spirit and a true sense of adventure.  Not only do we both share the same long-term vision to enable mankind to explore, but we also want to develop this partnership to inspire others. From our tens of thousands of employees and customers to schools and colleges, motivating more young people to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math - and explore new ways of travelling for future generations.