By James Hibberd
October 03, 2013 at 06:12 PM EDT
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Finally, NBC is going to start launching reality show contestants into space.

The network is teaming with super-producer Mark Burnett and super-mogul Richard Branson on an unscripted series called Space Race. In the show, contestants will train at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico and compete for a seat on the company’s suborbital, air-launched plane designed for space tourism.

“The scope of this endeavor is so staggering, that it took these two titans to even imagine it,” said NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy. “The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on! This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of Space Flight.”

Added Burnett: “For the past ten 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. Last year I spent time in New Mexico at the state of the art facility and last week spent time in the Mojave desert with Sir Richard and his impressive team. We got to see the spaceship up close and hear of Sir Richard’s incredible vision of how Virgin Galactic is the future of private space travel.”