Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, will work with global book publisher DK to create seven exclusive titles over the next two years.
The first book, Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience, will be published in October as Virgin Galactic approaches its premiere commercial spaceflight. The illustrated family reference book gives an exclusive look at the spacecraft and takes readers through each step of the journey planned for Virgin Galactic astronauts.
The upcoming books will narrate Virgin Galactic’s story of building the world’s first spaceline and the journey of spaceflight through beautiful storytelling and photography, targeting young adults in particular with the excitement surrounding the democratization of space.
“DK is thrilled to be working on this historic project,” said Simon Beecroft, director, licensed publishing, DK. “We know that the appetite for information about our universe, space and Virgin Galactic’s historic mission will appeal to readers of all ages. Our range of books will give readers unprecedented access to this ground-breaking initiative in the inimitable DK style.”