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Science Channel to explore space on shoestring with “Homemade Astronauts”

Discovery-owned Science Channel is to blast-off with DIY rocketeers on their hopeful galactic mission with the greenlight of Homemade Astronauts. Now in production, the World of Wonder-made series (pictured) will document the ...
July 25, 2019

Discovery-owned Science Channel is to blast-off with DIY rocketeers on their hopeful galactic mission with the greenlight of Homemade Astronauts.

Now in production, the World of Wonder-made series (pictured) will document the journey of three self-financed teams in their cosmic quest to explore the galaxy on a shoestring budget.

Featured throughout Homemade Astronauts (working title) will be Mike Hughes and Waldo Stakes, who are designing a manned rocket-balloon hybrid – dubbed the “Rock-oon” – they hope will soar to the Karman line, the border between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

Ky Michaelson, meanwhile, will attempt to become the first amateur to build and launch a fuel-powered, manned space rocket after already serving as the first civilian to build and launch an unmanned rocket into space.

The final self-financed team is headed by Cameron Smith, and is creating a spacesuit that can withstand the elements of space travel. Smith will hitch a ride on a specialized hot air balloon to the Armstrong line – beginning at an altitude of 60,000 feet – in order to test out the readiness of his invention.

Homemade Astronauts is expected to premiere in 2020 on Science Channel.

World of Wonder’s Jeremy Simmons, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell serve as executive producers alongside Science Channel’s Caroline Perez. Lindsey Foster Blumberg is supervising producer for Science.

“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Homemade Astronauts looks at a group of ambitious individuals who are carrying on in the American tradition of finding their own way and making their dreams come true with old-fashioned grit and self-determination,” said  Science Channel GM Marc Etkind, in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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