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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank Talks About His Company’s Partnership With Virgin Galactic

Founder and CEO Kevin Plank of Under Armour announced that his company and Virgin Galactic have formed a partnership. In this partnership, Under Armour will design the next generation of spacewear. Virgin Galactic’s mission is to develop commercial space travel while Under Armour designs durable and innovative performance wear for athletes.

Richard Branson founded Virgin Group. He said that he has been following Kevin Plank and Under Armour for several years. The two companies have formed partnerships in the past. Branson likes how Under Armour focuses on boosting performance, so he felt honored by this latest partnership. He sees both companies as having the same values and that astronauts will be privileged to wear Under Armour’s spacesuits.

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Kevin Plank said he viewed working with Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic as the opportunity of a lifetime. His company’s employees around the world were excited about this opportunity to design spacewear. It is a way for them to innovate at the highest level and push boundaries.

Virgin Galactic has been building its space program at a rapid pace. The possibility of regular people traveling to space is closer than ever. Virgin Galactic successfully launched its VSS Unity, which is their first space vehicle to be built for passengers. Both its first and second test flights were performed in 2018. The second flight had on board an astronaut trainer and passenger.

SpaceShipTwo will soon be on its first journey to the edge of space. Passengers will be able to see Earth from space and float weightlessly. Virgin Galactic is preparing to go public soon and will be the first space company to do so. Richard Branson said that having his company go public would lead to making traveling to space affordable.

Kevin Plank said his team is still deciding what fabrics to use for the spacewear and how they will be designed. Under Armour will soon ship uniforms for Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico staff members. These uniforms have been designed to be comfortable for the staff while they are training and doing work on the ground.

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