Netflix Will Take a Unique Approach with Its Upcoming SpaceX Docuseries

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This September, SpaceX will send its first all-civilian crew into low Earth orbit for three days. It’s a proof of concept for space tourism, and as such, it will receive a lot of press coverage. But unlike Jeff Bezos’ space adventure, this upcoming Inspiration4 mission will get its own Netflix docuseries called Countdown, with episodes airing in near real-time.

Viewers will watch footage of the Inspiration4 crew training for their mission, boarding their Crew Dragon spacecraft, orbiting around Earth, and returning home. We’ll also get some behind-the-scenes footage of engineers and scientists preparing all of their hardware for the mission and managing last-minute hurdles, like a rainy launch day.

Netflix hopes to air episodes of key events, such as liftoff, shortly after they occur in real life. To accomplish this, the company probably has a lot of pre-recorded material on hand (interviews, dramatic shots, etc) to help build a narrative around fresh footage. Of course, this is just speculation, and Netflix could have something different in mind.

As its name implies, the Inspiration4 mission includes four crew members. There’s Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and four-time simulated space mission participant, Chris Sembroski, a Lockheed Martin employee and Air Force veteran, and Jared Isaacman, the guy who founded Shift4 Payments, and Hayley Arceneaux, a young bone cancer survivor who works at St. Jude and will be the first person to enter space with a prosthetic body part (leg bones).

Speaking of St. Jude, SpaceX and Netflix hope to raise $200 million for the Children’s Research Hospital through the Inspiration4 mission. Proceeds from the Netflix documentary will go toward the $200 million goal, along with contributions from philanthropists and fans of SpaceX.

Source: Netflix via Digitaltrends

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