KEY POINTS

  • In the show, the contestants will undergo extensive training essential for an astronaut
  • They will all face challenges that will test their physical and mental strength
  • The winner's takeoff, stay at the ISS and return to earth will be recorded

The winner of an upcoming reality show will be sent to space for 10 days. Yes, you heard it right. A U.S.-based production company, named Space Hero, has already booked a seat on a 2023 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and a civilian who wins a new reality show will be sent to space on a SpaceX Dragon rocket.

Deadline reported that the reality series, titled "Space Hero", will soon launch a worldwide search for people with a keen interest in space exploration. The contestants will undergo extensive training essential for an astronaut. They will all face challenges that will test their physical and mental strength. The final episode will be live and viewers around the globe can vote for the contestant they think deserves a chance to go to space.

Following this, the winner's takeoff, stay at the ISS and return to earth will be recorded. The reality show will be out soon on a streaming platform and a television channel.

"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," Thomas Reemer, the project's creator told Deadline.

Space Hero founding partner Deborah Sass spoke to the outlet about the scope of the show.

"One is, the technology is far more advanced now than it was 20 years ago. You really truly can have a global audience watching the same thing at the same time in their own native language. That didn’t happen 20 years ago. Secondly, we have been very strategic and methodical in making the space industry our stakeholders. And the third reason is we’re not a Mark Burnett, a Simon Fuller or Simon Cowell. We are not seasoned professional producers. What we are is entrepreneurs, and we have very varied backgrounds," he told the outlet. 

The show will be produced by Propagate, founded by Ben Silverman and Howard Owens. 

"We're so excited to go on this extraordinary journey with this ambitious global team. There’s never been a more important time to look beyond ourselves and reach for the skies above. This could be not only the biggest but the most important show in the history of the television and we are thrilled to be involved," Propagate co-CEOs Owens and Silverman told the outlet.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft takes off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft takes off from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020 Photo: AFP / MANDEL NGAN