- Space Hero Inc., a media production company, has announced plans to shoot the first television show in space.
- The “Space Hero” series will choose one person from a group of racers to travel to the International Space Station in 2023.
- The show’s creators have already booked a seat aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
- NASA has confirmed that it is currently in discussions with Space Hero Inc.
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An unusual new reality show plans to blow up an ordinary man in space aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.
Space Hero Inc., a US-based media production company, is developing a television series that could be the first to be shot in space, Deadline reported. The show, also known as “Space Hero”, will send the winner of a global travel competition to the International Space Station.
“The Space Hero is the new frontier for the entertainment industry, offering the first truly real experience off the planet,” Marty Pompadour, chairman of Space Hero Inc., told Deadline. The show, he added, “is about opening up space for everyone – not just astronauts and billionaires.”
The production company’s plan is to first select a group of people who love space from around the world. The show will follow them as they go through grueling training for astronauts, and the competition will end with a live episode in which viewers can vote for their favorite racer.
After the show announces a winner, this racer will begin a 10-day trip to the ISS with NASA astronauts; the show will chronicle this man’s journey from takeoff to landing.
Not the first attempt at space reality
Previously, television companies around the world have tried to launch at least 10 other space-themed reality projects, according to The Space Review. For example, the Milky Way Mission, a joint venture between Sony Pictures TV and Dutch television Nederland 1, aims to send Dutch celebrities into space.
This show was announced in 2013; it hasn’t happened yet. Neither do the others.
But the manufacturers of “Space Hero” have already secured a place for a real mission to the space station. The winning racer is scheduled to fly into space on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in 2023, according to Deadline. SpaceX did not return requests from Business Insider for comment on his participation in the show.
To book this place and plan a mission, Space Hero Inc. works with Axiom Space, a private space company run by a former ISS program manager. Axiom is also helping the production company drive other logistics, such as training future space travelers.
Separately, Axiom is building its own module for private space travelers, which it plans to attach to the ISS in 2024. It hopes to send its first paying customers into space next year via SpaceX.
“We look forward to enabling Space Hero’s mission and further expanding the human presence in space,” the company told The Verge.
In an email to Business Insider on Friday, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schirholz confirmed that the space agency was “in talks” with the production company.
“NASA’s vision for a low Earth orbit in the future is a self-sustaining space market,” Schirholtz said in a statement. “In this vision, NASA will maximize its resources for missions outside low Earth orbit, while having the ability to use low Earth orbit for its current needs.”
In the future, she added, NASA could allow up to two private missions a year in which tourists or other space travelers outside the agency – all of whom the agency calls “private astronauts” – could visit the space station for more than 30 days.