NASA has signed an agreement with the “Space Hero” reality TV competition, according to which the winner will be sent to the International Space Station as the first prize for 10 days.
The Space Act Agreement between the agency and the production company does not guarantee space travel, but enables the exchange of information between the two.
The number of participants and the exact format has yet to be announced, but those who rise to the challenge will undergo rigorous training and grueling tests that will keep them mental, physical and emotional, confirmed Space Hero.
The series is scheduled to be shown live around the world so viewers can vote for their favorite candidate, who will be sent to orbit the laboratory 250 miles above Earth.
Axiom Space will organize the $ 55 million trip as they have a private space deal with NASA. You also choose the launch provider.
The number of participants has yet to be announced, but those who rise to the challenge will undergo rigorous training and grueling tests that will keep them mental, physical and emotional. However, the Space Hero website only shows a countdown clock and no other information about the show
TOURISTS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
So far, all seven privately financed visitors to the ISS have flown from Russia with a Soyuz rocket and capsule.
They paid between $ 20 million and $ 55 million for their trips, which last between eight and 14 days.
Dennis Tito was the first to go to the ISS as a privately funded astronaut, and software architect Charles Simonyi was the only one to go twice.
|Dennis Tito||April 28, 2001||8 days|
|Mark Shuttleworth||April 25, 2002||10 days|
|Gregory Olsen||October 1, 2005||10 days|
|Anousheh Ansari||September 20, 2006||10 days|
|Charles Simonyi||April 7, 2007||10 days|
|Richard Garriott||October 12, 2008||13 days|
|Charles Simonyi||March 26, 2009||13 days|
|Guy Laliberte||September 30, 2009||12 days|
Axiom Space, a developer of private space infrastructures, says its ultimate goal is to have its own space station that will be plugged into the ISS as a module.
Space Hero will be a reality competition open to anyone who speaks English fluently over the age of 18 and is ready to go into space as early as 2023.
They hope to have 15 seasons of the show over 30 years and take the winners to the ISS first but eventually to the moon and even Mars as human space travel advances.
NASA hopes to have the first woman and next man on the Artemis mission to the moon by 2024 and then have the first crewed mission to Mars by 2035.
Space Hero is believed to be following in the footsteps of NASA’s timeline.
Axiom will provide the services through contracts with NASA, other agencies and launch operators like SpaceX, Boeing and Roscosmos with the Soyuz vehicle.
Space Hero has not announced which launcher or spaceship will be used to bring the 2023 season one winner to the ISS, despite speculation that it will be SpaceX.
So far, only SpaceX and the Russian space agency Roscosmos have successfully demonstrated the ability to get astronauts to the ISS in recent years.
SpaceX is also conducting civilian missions, including an orbital journey called Inspiration4 later this year with a full crew of civilians and no pilots.
There is still a long way to go before the show starts as Axiom and Space Hero need to negotiate permission to spend ten days on the ISS with NASA.
“Any decision to enter into a longer-term partnership beyond this initial feasibility study, which is covered by the agreement, will require additional follow-up until the concept is approved, distributed and funded,” NASA told Space.com.
“If approved by NASA, the private astronaut mission and related commercial activities will be conducted under a separate future agreement between NASA and a private astronaut mission provider.”
That vendor would be Axiom and not Space Hero, according to a NASA spokesman, who added that Axiom would have to be selected from all the other proposals on the table at the time and selected for this private astronaut mission.
Due to the size of the ISS, the number of visitors to the station will be limited at any one time – there is a core crew of six but can accommodate up to nine for a short time, usually during the changeover or for a tourist visit.
The Space Hero champion will launch aboard a rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) for a 10-day stay with the crew
NASA said they would “assess the feasibility of the mission” and, if agreed, the timing would be negotiated between them and Axiom.
Space Hero is not the first space-facing production, as NASA confirmed in May, it will shoot a film on board the ISS that will launch Tom Cruise and launch it from a SpaceX rocket.
When the go-ahead is given, the production would be the first action-adventure feature film to be shot in space.
The deadline initially reported that the winner would be seated on a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule (pictured) for the trip to the ISS, but Axiom told CNBC that the launcher has not been finalized
NASA’s Jim Bridenstine shared on Twitter in May: “We are excited to be working with Tom Cruise on a film aboard the International Space Station.”
Axiom has also scheduled a mission to the ISS for a private crew named AX-1 in 2022 who will fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon and stay eight days.
Four people are expected to leave Earth in January 2022, including NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe, Larry Connor from the United States and Mark Pathy from Canada.
The cruise was believed to be on that flight, but the crew of this film, including the actor, will depart on a subsequent flight later in 2022.
EXPLAINED: The US $ 100 billion international space station is 250 miles above the earth
The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) worth of science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 km above the Earth.
It has been permanently manned with rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions found in low-earth orbit, such as: B. low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have examined human science, space medicine, life sciences, physics, astronomy, and meteorology.
The U.S. space agency Nasa spends approximately $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) annually on the space station program, funding approved by the Trump administration and Congress.
A US House of Representatives committee overseeing NASA has begun looking into whether the program should be extended beyond 2024.
Alternatively, the money could be used to expedite planned initiatives in human space to the Moon and Mars.