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Countdown is on for Netflix to release its reality TV program in space

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Soon, you’ll be able to join billionaires and take part in the space race too. The catch is that you’ll be watching it from the comfort of your couch on TV

Netflix says its new documentaries, ‘Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space’ will bring space tourism directly to your screen.

But is hosting what is essentially a reality TV show in space a good idea?

This question comes as we increasingly are looking to answer questions about the accessibility and ethics of space tourism.

The crew aboard SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Mission to Space will include Chris Sembroski, Hayley Arcenfaux, Jared Isaacman and Dr Sian Proctor

Everything you need to know about Inspiration4 Mission to Space

The series will follow a civilian crew as they journey into space aboard a SpaceX aircraft.

It will come in five parts, with Netflix releasing the first episode on September 6. Two more episodes will be released on September 13, and the launch will be streamed as a “feature-length finale” to be released at the end of the month.

Netflix says: “From training to launch to landing, this all-access docuseries rides along with the Inspiration4 crew on the first all-civilian orbital space mission”.

“We’re all going to space”

It’s pretty clear that Netflix is angling the series to cut through criticism that space tourism is exclusive to the exorbitantly rich.

The mission will raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Netflix will also release an cartoon to explain the mission to children and their families.

However, despite attempts to essentially brand the mission as inclusive to ‘regular people’, it should be noted that billionaire Jared Isaacman will be piloting the aircraft.

First-time for Netflix covering a “near-real time” event

The series also comes as a first for Netflix. The streaming giant has hired a team of filmers to follow the astronauts as they prepare to go into space.

Julia Alexander from Parrot Analytics told Recode that Netflix has much to gain from the deal.

“Shooting something into space, that’s something that’s going to bring in subscribers globally”

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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World’s Tallest Buildings

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From Dubai to New York, these are the world’s tallest buildings.

 
Look up, and see the future.

This Ticker Original goes in depth into the world of super construction.

Across continents and across the decades, this is how engineers and builders pushed the limits of design to reach even higher.

This Ticker Original explores how it happened. #towers #skyscrapers #tall buildings

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A.I. to be used to detect fires in Colorado

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A Colorado Senate committee has voted to use A.I. to detect blazes before they burn out of control

 
The $2 million pilot program would involve putting cameras on mountaintops, and using the technology to detect the early signs of a wildfire.

The deployment of A.I. is part of an ongoing effort by firefighters, to use new tech to become smarter about how they prepare and better position their resources.

Lookout towers once staffed by humans have largely been replaced by cameras in remote areas, many of them in high-definition and armed with artificial intelligence to discern a smoke plume from morning fog.

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