Amsterdam, 11 September 2013 (SXC PR) — Earlier today Space Expedition Corporation formally confirmed the news that singer, philantropist and Nobel Price nominee Sir Bob Geldof has secured a seat in one of their upcoming flights, that way officially becoming an astronaut.
Geldof said: “Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor 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.”
SXC Founder Michiel Mol: ‘We are so proud to have Mr Geldof aboard. He is an icon of social responsibility and in projects like Live Aid, he proved that entertainment and meaningfulness can be a great combination. We share that vision by offering our astronauts a life changing experience, while in the same time we are changing the concept of sustainable airline transportation all together; namely outside the earth’s atmosphere.’
Mr Geldof will be undertaking his first step of training in the space flight simulator based in the Netherlands the 26th of September.
About Space Expedition Corporation (SXC)
From 2014 on, Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) will perform daily commercial flights into space. SXC offers participants a life-changing experience in viewing our planet Earth from 100 kilometers high. Plus, having been at that altitude, they can rightly be called astronauts. XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, California, USA, designed and built the Lynx spacecraft, which will perform the space flights. SXC is proud to be the launching customer of the Lynx, which comfortably takes off and lands like a normal airplane, from regular airports. The flexibility of the Lynx spacecraft enables operation from almost any commercial airport. Most likely, the Curacao airport in the Caribbean will be the first location – and Spaceport – outside the USA. XCOR and SXC have sold over 250 tickets so far.