One reality TV show aims to give its winning contestant an out-of-this-world prize (sorry, I had to). Production company Space Hero said it plans to send the champion of a new show to the International Space Station for 10 days. The mission is slated for 2023.
The reality show, also called Space Hero, will be produced by Propagate, Deadline reported earlier on Thursday. Axiom Space, the startup behind the world's first privately-funded commercial space station, along with the first habitable commercial modules to be attached to the ISS, is in charge of training the aspiring astronauts and managing the mission. Space Hero says it's discussing a possible partnership with NASA.
The contestants will go through rigorous training and be tested for their physical, mental and emotional strength, according to Deadline. The competition is rumored to culminate in a live episode that's broadcast around the world so viewers can vote for who they want to win. The show will then document the winner's journey during takeoff and at the ISS, concluding with their return home.
It's not clear how much it costs to send someone privately to the ISS, but it's likely to be more than $50 million per person, CNBC speculates. Additionally, the publication notes, spending 10 days at the ISS would bring an additional $350,000 charge from NASA, as the space agency would get $35,000 a night per person to compensate for services needed while aboard the ISS, according to NASA's cost structure revealed last year.
"Space Hero is the new frontier for the entertainment sector, offering the first-ever truly off-planet experience," Marty Pompadur, chairman of Space Hero, said in a statement. "We aim to reinvent the reality TV category by creating a multi-channel experience that offers the biggest prize ever, to the biggest audience possible. Space Hero is about opening space up to everyone – not only to astronauts and billionaires."