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SPT to make TV history with contestants in space

SPT to make TV history with contestants in space
Pippa Considine
25 September 2013

Sony Pictures Television is to unveil a new format called Milky Way Mission at MIPCOM, offering broadcasters the opportunity to send contestants into space for the first time in television history.

The announcement follows an exclusive agreement between SPT and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC), which is launching a space travel programme for civilians in 2014 and will provide seats on its space flights to participating broadcasters.
Milky Way Mission was created by Tuvalu Media and Simpel Media, which have already secured the format’s first commission with Dutch network Nederland 1 for an eight episode, one-hour series.  
The format sees ten celebrities living in a special bootcamp where they undergo a intensive training programme in preparation to become an astronaut. Each week the stars face a series of physical and mental challenges to avoid elimination, with final rounds taking place at the launch site in Mojave, California. From G-force simulation to extreme underwater challenges, the aspiring astronauts have to fight to stay in the competition and win the prize of a trip into space.
SXC is based in The Netherlands and was established to offer commercial travel into space while also serving the goals of science, research and education. Its XCOR Lynx Mark II spacecraft take off and land horizontally, reaching an altitude of more than 100km (338,000ft) and transporting one passenger and one pilot per flight.
Announcing the agreement, Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer, international production at SPT said:  “For years people have dreamt about the possibility of a show in space. SPT is now poised to make that dream real.”
Michiel Mol, SXC founder added: “I can't even begin to describe how excited we are about this format. Having the world's most famous pop-stars, athletes and moviestars compete to become an SXC astronaut is literally going to be out of this world.”

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Jake  | September 25, 2013
Anyone remember C4's spoof of just such a format called 'Space Cadets', which TX'ed in 2005?

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