Elon Musk will have his Netflix series about how to get humans into space

Elon Musk will have his Netflix series

SpaceX, the rocket company led by Elon Musk, will have its own series on Netflix, and it will focus on the mission of how to get humans into space. The long-awaited show will be called “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space,” and it will air on Netflix in five parts, beginning with two episodes on September 6, followed by another two on September 13. The documentary purports to follow the adventures of the Inspiration4 team scheduled to launch into space for a three-day mission later in 2021.

SpaceX will use its Crew Dragon capsule and the Starship rocket. A fifth and final episode documenting the release itself is expected to air before the end of September. “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space” is scheduled to premiere on September 6, 2021. Credit: Netflix The entertainment giant confirmed the production on Tuesday (August 3) on Twitter. Inspiration4’s Twitter added its own comment to the Netflix announcement on Wednesday (Aug 4):

The mission will see four civilians launched into space for a three-day trip orbiting Earth. One of the civilians on board is Jared Isaacman, who runs Shift4 Payments.

Isaacman is trying to use the mission to raise $200 million for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and has already donated $100 million to the cause. He will be joined by US Air Force engineer Chris Sembroski, professor and former NASA astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, and Hayley Arceneaux, cancer survivor and medical assistant at the research hospital.

It is unclear if Elon Musk will actually appear in the documentary. But it is still a huge victory for the billionaire, whose signature SpaceX will be the center stage of the science show. The documentary will be co-produced by Time Studios and is directed by Jason Hehir, creator of the Michael Jordan series “The Last Dance.” For Netflix, Inspiration4 will represent a new shift towards near-real-time documentary production, Deadline reports. Deadline said in his report: “The rapid response series will take viewers behind the scenes with the four crew members, from their unconventional selection and intensive months-long commercial astronaut training to the intimate and emotional moments leading up to takeoff. The final episode, which premieres a few days after the mission is complete, will feature unprecedented access within the spacecraft, capturing the launch and the crew.” Netflix’s decision to co-produce the Inspiration4 documentary comes weeks after two other multi-million dollar passenger space flights launched and landed safely in July, days apart. Virgin Galactic’s (including founder Richard Branson) and Blue Origin’s New Shepard (including founder Jeff Bezos) manned missions of VSS Unity drew extensive comments online in the days surrounding those two launches.