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Mark Burnett, Richard Branson New Reality Show, Lucky Winner Gets Free Ticket On Board Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Update Date: Oct 04, 2013 02:51 AM EDT
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Reality TV producer Mark Burnett, the creator of, creator of hit TV shows "Survivor" and "The Voice", announced a partnership with Virgin Galactic, a new show that will film a contestants journey into space.

Mark Burnett, NBC and Richard Branson, the owner of the commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic, according to Reuters. The new TV show, "Space Race," is a reality-style competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo.

"Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Richard Branson wrote in a statement. "'Space Race' allows us to extend this opportunity of a lifetime to as many people as possible right at the start of our commercial service - through direct experience and television viewing." 

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is a private suborbital space plane designed to carry two pilots and six passengers on round-trip flights into space. Virgin Galactic intends to begin commercial spaceflight services aboard SpaceShipTwo for passengers willing to pay up to $250.000 for a seat. However, the lucky winner of the competition won't pay a penny for their trip 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.

According to the statement, production team behind the new reality series will be granted "unprecedented access" to SpaceShipTwo's base at Spaceport American in New Mexico. 

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