NBCUniversal has signed and exclusive deal with Virgin Galactic to broadcast the private space company’s first manned commercial space flight. Riding along on the Trekkie-approved VSS Enterprise will be company owner Sir Richard Branson and his children, Holly and Sam. The current schedule for launch/broadcast is August 2014, but the company readily admits that date could change.
Even with some delays, the age of private, human spaceflight is just around the corner. For reals.
The folks over at Gizmag posted this report based on a press release from Virgin Galactic. Apparently, you can buy a ticket to ride for a cool quarter million smackeroos. Who’s with me?
NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON’S VIRGIN GALACTIC TO TELEVISE FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO SPACE
“TODAY” to Broadcast Virgin Galactic’s Historic First Commercial Spaceflight LIVE Featuring Sir Richard Branson and His Children
NEW YORK, NY—November 8, 2013 — NBCUniversal today announced an exclusive multi-platform partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, to televise the inaugural commercial space flight of SpaceShipTwo. Next year, Sir Richard and his children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private passengers to travel into space on SpaceShipTwo from Virgin Galactic’s terminal at Spaceport America in New Mexico. NBC News’ award-winning Peacock Productions will chronicle the journey across a myriad of NBCUniversal brands and platforms including MSNBC, CNBC, SYFY, The Weather Channel and NBCNews.com, culminating in a primetime special airing on NBC the night before launch, and a 3-hour live event on “TODAY,” hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
“Without a doubt, Sir Richard and his children taking the first commercial flight into space will go down in history as one of the most memorable events on television,” said Sharon Scott, President and General Manager, Peacock Productions. “Through NBCUniversal’s multiple platforms and overseas network partners, viewers from around the world will get to experience this where were you moment; we’re extremely honored to chronicle Sir Richard’s journey and live launch into space.”
“Virgin Galactic is thrilled that NBCUniversal will join us on our exciting first journey to space,” said Sir Richard. “In this first chapter of commercial space travel, we will help make space accessible and inspire countless more people to join us in the pursuit of space exploration and science innovation.”