A 28-year-old with a disability is headed to space and MTV plans to chronicle the voyage.

The cable network said this week that it will follow Eddie Ndopu as he works with an aerospace company to prepare for and make the flight.

Ndopu is from South Africa and has spinal muscular atrophy. He is expected to be the first person with a physical disability to travel into space, MTV said.

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Diagnosed at birth, Ndopu was predicted to live just five years. Nearly three decades later, however, he has a master’s degree in public policy from Oxford University and works to champion the rights of young people with disabilities around the globe.

Eddie Ndopu

Eddie Ndopu (MTV)

Ndopu intends to deliver a message to the U.N. General Assembly from space “on behalf of young people everywhere who have ever felt excluded by society,” according to MTV.

Production on the untitled project is slated to begin next year.

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