Bob Geldof is slated to fly into space some time in 2014. Geldof, former lead singer and composer of the Boomtown Rats, will be flying in the Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) commercial spacecraft, XCOR Lynx.
SXC is hoping to launch 100 people into space next year. It will cost each traveler $100,000 per ticket. This space flight will be unique in that there will be one pilot and one passenger. The passenger will sit in the co-pilot seat.
The company's webpage describes the experience as, "a true co-pilot astronaut experience."
Geldof said of the opportunity, "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."
The spacecraft will take off just like a plane from an airstrip in Curacao in the Southern Caribbean sea. It will climb to 62 miles above the surface which is the boundary of space. After about four minutes in space, it will land on a runway in Spaceport Mojave in California.
The company states, "AT SXC, we understand that you did not travel this far to look at the Earth through a tiny airline window. Therefore, the Lynx cockpit canopy is an expansive 4 meters wide, making it the most impressive theater in the world (and beyond). It offers the widest view possible."
Geldof will be undertaking his first step of training in the space flight simulator based in the Netherlands this coming weekend.
Bob Geldof made his name as the frontman of the Boomtown Rats. The band just released a collection, "Back To Boomtown: Classic Rats' Hits," of their hits yesterday, September 9.
Tracks include the Rats' breakout single, "I Don't Like Mondays," which refers to a school girl in San Diego who brought a gun to school and started shooting people because she didn't like Mondays.
He and Midge Ure of Ultravox fame, wrote the charity record, "Do They Know It's Christmas" after seeing a documentary on starvation in Ethiopia. He and Ure gathered a plethora of artists to record the single. From it's success sprung Live Aid in 1985. The year 2005 saw a new gathering of rock elite for Live 8.
The record and concerts not only made millions for relief, it alerted the world to the atrocious conditions that continue in Africa to this day.