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NM spaceport to be featured in reality show

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October 4, 2013 10:25 AM EST | AP


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Spaceport America will be featured in an upcoming reality show.

NBC announced Thursday an exclusive deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and One Three Media to create a series called "Space Race." The show will feature an elimination competition by real people vying for a free spot on one of Virgin Galactic's commercial space flights.

The company is hoping to launch the flights from New Mexico's futuristic spaceport in southern New Mexico next year, at a cost of $200,000 a head.

Virgin Galactic is the anchor tenant at the spaceport, and much of its space will only be accessible by its high-paying customers. But according to a news release announcing the reality show, "Space Race" will have unprecedented access to Virgin Galactic's home in the state-of-the-art spaceport.