Following the fatal crash Friday of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft, an NBC series that the network has been working on in conjunction with Richard Branson’s commercial spaceflight company appears to be in jeopardy.
TheWrap.com reports that the network is unsure of the future of the program, “Space Race.” A decision hasn’t yet been made on the project, which comes from Mark Burnett, the story says.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo exploded Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing one of the vehicle’s two pilots and injuring the other. Investigators have said a safety system designed for use during descent deployed earlier than it was supposed to, leading to the crash.
The article notes, “Produced by Mark Burnett‘s One Three Media, ‘Space Race’ was intended to be an elimination competition series where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize of a trip into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. The series was to have unprecedented access to Virgin Galactic’s home at Spaceport America in New Mexico, the departure point and training and preparation center for space flights.”
NBC declined to comment.
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