Reality show ‘Space Hero’ offers winner a trip to the ISS

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Plenty of people would love to take a trip into orbit to visit the International Space Station (ISS). The winner of a new reality TV show will soon have that chance. A production company by the name Space Hero reportedly plans to send the victor of its latest series to space for 10 days.

The show, also titled “Space Hero,” is being produced by Propagate and will pit space lovers against each other for a chance at the prize. Contestants will undergo a series of challenges that test their physical, mental, and emotional fortitude—qualities that all astronauts need to have.

Race to Space

Many of today’s reality TV shows offer tremendous, life-changing prizes. However, you could argue that a chance to live in space for 10 days tops them all.

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“Space Hero” recruited Axiom space, the manufacturer behind the world’s first privately funded commercial space station module, to train the contestants. It will also manage the mission, which will launch in 2023.

At the end of the competition, the winner will travel to the ISS aboard a SpaceX rocket just like NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley did back in May.

While details about “Space Hero” remain sparse, the show will be paired with a broadcast partner and streaming platform in each country. Thomas Reemer, the project’s creator, says, “We see the world changing in front of our eyes. In times like these we yearn to look up to people for the right reasons, so it’s time to look amongst ourselves to find the heroes that will inspire a bright future.”

Never Stop Trying

Interestingly, the idea for “Space Hero” isn’t new. Reemer was already thinking about sending civilian contestants into space back in 2008. The next year, NASA announced the upcoming end of its shuttle program. Without a way to get to space, the idea for the show was shelved.

In 2020, the space sector looks a lot different. Private spaceflight companies are launching almost every week and SpaceX became the first to safely transport human astronauts to the ISS from the United States.

Reemer decided to bring the show back to life and this time it stuck. The Space Hero production firm now has 36 team members. Its chairman, Marty Pompadur, says, “‘Space Hero’ is the new frontier for the entertainment sector, offering the first-ever truly off-planet experience. 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.”

Of course, there is still no guarantee that “Space Hero” will make it to our televisions. Similar shows have fizzled out for various reasons. Mark Burnett had a series called “Space Race” canceled after a fatal test crash involving Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft.

Indeed, the future of “Space Hero” lies largely with the spaceflight industry. Developments over the next two years will likely determine if the show is greenlit or not. If it does make it, though, “Space Hero” should be a show worth watching.

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