We have lift off!
Homemade Astronauts, our new series coming to the Science Channel, follows three teams of self-financed DIY rocketeers as they attempt to get a man into space on tight budgets.
“In an era where multi-billionaires are leading the space race, Homemade Astronauts follows a group of ambitious men who won’t let their dreams be limited by their resources. These D.I.Y.ers are out to prove that space is for everyone, not just the elite few. With a little know-how and ingenuity, anyone with a dream can shoot for the stars,” said Jeremy Simmons, Executive Producer from World of Wonder.
Mike Hughes and Waldo Stakes are working on a manned rocket to space, designing what they call a “rock-oon” — part rocket, part balloon — that they hope to use to get Hughes to the Karman line, the border between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space, which is about 62 miles high. To raise money and awareness, they plan to first launch Hughes 5,000 feet high in a steam-powered rocket.
Ky Michaelson, who has been called the real-life “Rocketman,” is the first civilian to build and launch an unmanned rocket into space. He’s now looking to become the first amateur to build and launch a fuel-powered, manned space rocket.
Meanwhile, Cameron Smith is creating a space suit that can withstand all the elements of space at 60,000 feet and hopes to get there in a specialized hot air balloon.
Homemade Astronauts is being produced by World of Wonder. Executive producers for World of Wonder are Jeremy Simmons, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell. Executive producer for Science Channel is Caroline Perez. Lindsey Foster Blumberg is supervising producer for Science.