U.S. net NBC is teaming up with Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and space tourism firm Virgin Galactic for an unscripted competition series that will see the winner launched into orbit.
Space Race is being billed as a ground breaking elimination competition series “where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize – a trip for the winner into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo for a life-changing experience few people have ever enjoyed, all captured on camera.”
The series promises unprecedented access to Virgin Galactic’s home at Spaceport America in New Mexico, the departure point and training and preparation center for sub-orbital spaceflight.
“The scope of this endeavor is so staggering, that it took these two titans to even imagine it,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment’s president of alternative and late night programming, in a statement. “The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on. This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of spaceflight.”
Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson added: “Virgin Galactic’s mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all. Space Race allows us to extend this opportunity of a lifetime to as many people as possible right at the start of our commercial service – through direct experience and television viewing.
“All of us at Virgin Galactic and our partner Aabar Investments are delighted to be collaborating with NBC and Mark, who is a true pioneer and creative force in television programming.”
One Three Media will be distributing Space Race at MIPCOM in Cannes next week.