Space Racers
Also known asSpace Race (2011–12)
The Space Racers
Science fiction
Created byRichard Schweiger
Julian Cohen
Developed byAllan Neuwirth
Mark Risley
Directed byMark Risley
Creative directorDavid Michael Friend
Voices ofYuri Lowenthal
Meyer DeLeeuw
Johnny Yong Bosch
Alicyn Packard
Melissa Hutchison
Theme music composerJody Gray
Opening themeJody Gray
Allan Neuwirth
David Steven Cohen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes90 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Richard Schweiger (season 1)
  • Julian Cohen (season 1)
  • Michael Matays
  • Charles Matays
  • Brenda Wooding (season 1)
  • Matthias Schmitt (season 2)
  • Space Race, LLC
  • Richard Schweiger (season 1)
  • Mark Risley
  • Allan Neuwirth
Running time10–12 minutes (individual)
22–23 minutes (half-hour)
Production companiesStardust Animation[a]
Maryland Public Television (season 1)
WNET New York (season 2)
Animation services
  • Genoma Animation (season 1, earlier episodes)
  • Xentrix Studios Pty Ltd.
Original release
NetworkPBS member stations/APT (season 1)
Universal Kids (season 2)
ReleaseMarch 22 (2011-03-22) –
April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
ReleaseMay 2, 2014 (2014-05-02) –
November 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)

Space Racers is an American CGI preschool STEM-focused educational animated television series featuring the space travel cadets of the Stardust Space Academy. The series was produced by Space Race, LLC and co-produced by Maryland Public Television for season 1, and later WNET for seasons 2 and onward. The show began as a web series on March 22, 2011 entitled Space Race, then debuted as a television series on May 2, 2014 on select public television stations.[1] The second season of the show debuted on October 31, 2016 on Sprout (now Universal Kids).[2] Since the second season, the show's original production funding was provided by NASA, which involves science and space technology education, in partnerships with U.S. Space & Rocket Center and U.S. Space Camp.


Space Racers is an educational animated television series. The show follows the Space Racers cadets, a group of anthropomorphic unique spaceships resembling and named after various species of birds, as they travel the Solar System exploring space through assigned missions. The main characters—Eagle, Hawk, Raven, Robyn, and Starling—are cadets at the Stardust Space Academy, and each episode they discover a series of space-based scientific discoveries. The cadets spend each episode traveling through outer space.[3][4][5]







Character Role
Eagle Cadet
Starling Jr Cadet
AVA the academy AI
Crane Headmaster
Coot faculty – Engineering, Sciences
Pigeon faculty – Coach
Sandpiper faculty – astro sciences
Vulture academy Chairman
Dodo assistant to Vulture
Trogon Russian rocket scientist
Loon senior chief engineer / officer at Lunar Base Alpha


Main article: List of Space Racers episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
Webisodes8March 22, 2011 (2011-03-22)April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)PBS Kids
150May 2, 2014 (2014-05-02)October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24)
220October 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)November 22, 2018 (2018-11-22)Universal Kids

Production and development

The series concept was developed by Richard Schweiger, who wanted to create a show based around animated vehicles that travel through space. In 2009, Schweiger and Julian Cohen developed the idea into a feature-film script, which won a screenwriting award. In 2010, Schweiger formed the company that would produce Space Racers, and instead of pursuing a film, decided to turn the concept into a television series.[3][4] The idea developed into fifty individual 11 minute episodes for broadcast.[5]


The Space Racers TV series was produced in collaboration with NASA experts, with input from NASA experts on science-based facts incorporated into the episodes. The show also features NASA scientists and astronauts in live action interstitials. The Space Racers creators have also developed a website where viewers can find a preschool science curriculum on space science, which was developed in collaboration THIRTEEN productions (WNET) and SiiTE. has a section for family-based education as well for educators and parents.[4] Special screenings of episodes have been held at both the Kennedy Space Center and the Wallops NASA Visitor Center, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television.[4][6] In July 2014, the Virginia Air and Space Center opened a Space Racers-themed exhibit.[7]

Web series

On March 22, 2011, it originally launched as a web series under the name Space Race.[8] It featured 4 characters/webisodes at launch, with two more webisodes released on April 22, 2011, and the last two on April 29, 2011.[9] In total, there were 8 characters/webisodes (with 2 characters not returning in the TV series). All eight of the characters were interviewed by Gary Galaxy (played by Meyer DeLeeuw), a 3D Galaxy Adventure game, printables, and the “What Spaceship are You?” widget. As of today, the site and the webisodes (with the exception of the first webisode and trailer) are considered to be lost media.

In 2012, the web series was retitled to Space Racers.

Television series

In January 2013, it was announced that the web series would relaunch as a television series, with most of the characters remodeled and having new roles, along with some new characters. The show premiered worldwide on February 15, 2014, and in the U.S. on May 2, 2014.[10][3][4][5] Since 2014, CAKE Entertainment is the international distributor for the show.[11][12]

In mid 2016, the show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 31, 2016.[13][14]

As of 2024, there has yet to be a third season for the show.


In the United States of America, the show was distributed by American Public Television and aired on select PBS stations from May 2, 2014 to October 31, 2016,[15] and Universal Kids from October 31, 2016 to March 22, 2020.

In Canada, the show aired on Knowledge Kids from May 2, 2014 to November 26, 2015, and TVOKids from November 27, 2015 to September 9, 2021.


Country Network(s) Language Foreign title
United States United States PBS Kids
Universal Kids
English N/A
Canada Canada Knowledge Kids
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Europe Europe
Minimax N/A
Argentina Argentina Nat Geo Kids
V-me Kids
Spanish Exploradores Espaciales
(Space Explorers)
Brazil Brazil Nat Geo Kids Brazilian
Exploradores Espaciais
(Space Explorers)
China China CCTV[17] Chinese N/A
France France France 5[18]
Malaysia Malaysia TV2 English
New Zealand New Zealand TVNZ Kidzone
Poland Poland MiniMini+
Polish Kosmoloty (Spaceships)

Home media


1091 Pictures released the first two seasons on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 8, 2022. The first season was released on three discs, while the second season was released on two discs.

Release name Release date Eps No.
Space Racers - Season 1 March 8, 2022 (2022-03-08) Disc One:
Disc Two:
Disc Three:
Space Racers - Season 2 Disc One:
Disc Two:


The show was first available worldwide on YouTube since May 2, 2014, and Netflix from March 15, 2015 to March 15, 2018, and March 31, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The show was added to Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu, and Roku on February 25, 2022.[19][20]


Space Racers has won several awards in children's broadcasting including the American Public Television (APT) Programming Excellence Award in 2014 and a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award in 2015.[21] [22]


Space Racers merchandise was introduced in November 2018. There are vehicle toys, plush toys, T-shirts, and Activity and Coloring Books. Space Racers merchandise is available for view at


  1. ^ Credited under Space Race, LLC for seasons 1–2.


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  21. ^ Multiple Industry Awards Presented, Nearly 100 Titles Screened: American Public Television's Fall Marketplace 2014, American Public Television, November 19, 2014
  22. ^ Parents' Choice Award Winners: Television, Parents' Choice Award, January 22, 2015