Excitement and momentum are building for Virgin Galactic’s first commercial space travel. Just announced: that first flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo will be broadcast live on NBC News and a host of other NBCUniversal platforms, including CNBC, MSNBC, NBCNews.com, Syfy and The Weather Channel.
Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his adult children, Holly and Sam, will be on that flight. “Virgin Galactic is thrilled that NBCUniversal will join us on our exciting first journey to space,” said Sir Richard. “In this first chapter of commercial space travel, we will help make space accessible and inspire countless more people to join us in the pursuit of space exploration and science innovation.”
To watch the announcement on the Today show, click here.
The live broadcast isn’t the only TV venture in Virgin Galactic’s future. The company will soon be the focus of a reality show from the creator of popular programs such as Survivor and The Voice.
NBC, Virgin Galactic, and Mark Burnett’s One Three Media will create an unscripted series entitled “Space Race.” “Space Race” is an elimination competition series where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize – a trip for the winner into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo for a life-changing experience – all captured on camera.
Further evidence of Virgin Galactic’s star power? Celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher and Stephen Hawking are among those who have already signed up for Virgin Galactic space flights.
Virgin Galactic is on track to be the world’s first commercial spaceline. So far about 640 people have put down nearly $80 million in deposits for a trip that costs $250,000. That’s about 10% more than the total number of people who have ever gone to space.
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