NBC reality TV show to send winner to space with Virgin Galactic
HOUSTON (REUTERS) - After a decade of casting around for a space-themed show, reality TV producer Mark Burnett has finally found a way to launch his dream.
On Thursday, Burnett, creator of Survivor and The Voice unveiled a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a United States offshoot of Richard Branson's London-based Virgin Group, for a TV series that will send someone to space.
"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," Burnett said in a statement.
Virgin Galactic intends to begin commercial spaceflight services aboard the suborbital SpaceShipTwo next year.