Bob Geldof To Fly Into Space
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.10.2013
BBC reports that singer Bob Geldof is set to travel into space on a passenger on a commercial space flight. The Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) will try to launch 100 people into space next year for $100,000 per ticket. The first astronauts will travel 62 miles into space. They will launch from Curacao in the Southern Caribbean sea.
Other celebrities who have signed up include DJ Armin van Buuren and Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes.
Geldof said: "Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honour but pretty mind-blowing. The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the Planet! Wild! Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime."
The passengers will fly on the Lynx X2, which is a privately built spacecraft. It has a two-crew cockpit, giving the passenger a "a true co-pilot astronaut experience".
Geldof will begin training in the space flight simulator in the Netherlands this weekend.