Reuters reported on Monday that Mark Burnett, creator of "Survivor" and "The Voice," has partnered with Virgin Galactic and NBC to develop a space-themed reality television program.
Burnett has been attempting to develop a space-themed reality show for years and he spoke about his excitement in a press release.
For the past 10 years I have relentlessly pursued my dream of using a TV show to give an everyday person the chance to experience the black sky of space and look down upon mother Earth."
The series, called "Space Race," will feature contestants in an unscripted elimination competition. The winner will receive a ticket to board the SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital spaceship designed by Virgin Galactic that will fly 63 miles above the Earth and give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness and a rare glimpse of the planet from outer space. The SpaceShipTwo is currently undergoing testing in Mojave, California and will have a six-passenger capacity. About 630 people have put down deposits or purchased tickets for a ride on the ship, which now costs $250,000 per person.
Details about what the format will be like for "Space Race" or when it will air, have not been released. As part of NBC's partnership with Virgin Galactic, NBC will have "unprecedented access" to SpaceShipTwo's base at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company has been paving the way for commercial space flights and Branson has revealed plans for trips to the moon and space hotels. Branson even hopes to one day expand Virgin Galactic's flights into deep space.