The world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic has teamed up with global book publisher DK to create seven exclusive titles over the next two years.
The first book under the agreement – Virgin Galactic: The Ultimate Experience – will be published in October, as Virgin Galactic moves towards the launch of commercial spaceflight.
The books are designed to narrate Virgin Galactic’s story of building the world’s first spaceline and the journey of spaceflight through storytelling and photography.
The Ultimate Experience is a fully illustrated family reference book and will take a look at the revolutionary spacecraft, taking readers through each step of the journey planned for Virgin Galactic astronauts.
Other titles planned for 2014 include Make Your Own: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo and Ultimate Sticker Collection: Virgin Galactic.
Four more titles are planned for release in 2015.
"DK is thrilled to be working on this historic project," said Simon Beecroft, DK’s director of licensed publishing, who brokered the deal. "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 groundbreaking initiative in the inimitable DK style."
George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO, added: "Human space flight has a universal capability to inspire and educate. Through Virgin Galactic’s partnership with DK, we can creatively bring this powerful experience to life and to a global audience with an emphasis on beautiful images and one of a kind storytelling."