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The world’s first reality show in space plans to send a winner on a 10-day trip to the space station and film the entire time





A satellite in space with a mountain in the background: The supply ship SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station over the Mediterranean Sea on December 8, 2019.  NASA


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The supply ship SpaceX Dragon approaches the International Space Station over the Mediterranean Sea on December 8, 2019. NASA

  • Space Hero Inc., a media production company, has announced plans to direct the first reality TV show in space.
  • The “Space Hero” series would select one person from a group of participants to travel to the International Space Station in 2023.
  • The creators of the show have already booked a place on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship.
  • NASA confirmed it is currently in talks with Space Hero Inc.
  • You can find more stories on the Business Insider homepage.

An unusual new reality show plans to chase an ordinary person into space aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship.

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Space Hero Inc., a US-based media production company, is developing a TV series that, according to Deadline, could be the first to be shot in space. The show, also known as “Space Hero”, would send the winner of a global competition on a trip to the International Space Station.

“Space Hero is the new frontier for the entertainment sector and offers the first truly off-planet experience,” Marty Pompadur, 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 plans to first select a group of space-loving people from around the world. The show would follow them as they undergo strenuous astronaut training, and the competition would culminate in a live episode where viewers could vote on their favorite candidate.

As soon as the show determines a winner, that participant will start a 10-day trip to the ISS together with NASA astronauts. The show would record that person’s journey from takeoff to landing.

Not the first attempt at a space reality show

TV companies around the world have already tried to launch at least 10 other space-themed reality series projects, according to The Space Review. For example, Milky Way Mission, a joint venture between Sony Pictures TV and Dutch broadcaster Nederland 1, aimed to send Dutch celebrities into space.

This show was announced in 2013; it still hasn’t happened. Neither do the others.

But the “Space Hero” producers have already secured a seat on an actual mission to the space station. According to the 2023 deadline, the winner will fly into space on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX has not returned Business Insider’s requests for comments regarding its involvement in the show.

To book this seat and plan the mission, Space Hero Inc. is working with Axiom Space, a private space company run by a former ISS program manager. Axiom also helps the manufacturing company with other logistics tasks, such as training potential space travelers.



a chair in front of a window: an artist's impression of the Axiom Earth Observatory, a section within the planned module of the International Space Station.  Axiom Space


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An artist’s rendering of the Axiom Earth Observatory, a section within the planned module of the International Space Station. Axiom space

Independently of this, Axiom is also building its own module for private space travelers, which is to be connected to the ISS in 2024. The company hopes to launch its first paying customers into space via SpaceX next year.

“We look forward to enabling Space Hero’s mission and expanding human presence in space,” the company told The Verge.

In an email to Business Insider on Friday, NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz confirmed that the space agency was “in talks” with the production company.

“NASA’s vision for near-earth orbit in the future is a self-sustaining space-based market,” Schierholz said in a statement. “In this vision, NASA will maximize its resources for off-earth orbit missions while also being able to use near-earth orbit for its ongoing needs.”

In the future, she added, NASA could allow up to two private missions a year, during which tourists or other space travelers who are not designated by the agency as “private astronauts” could visit the space station for up to 30 days.

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