Bob Geldof, lead singer of 70s Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats, plans to become the first rock star astronaut as well as the first Irish astronaut in 2014.
Geldof has reserved a seat on an upcoming space flight on-board the Lynx suborbital vehicle under development by the Space Expedition Corporation. He will begin his training for the flight in a space flight simulator located in the Netherlands on September 26, 2013.
Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) plans to launch commercial flights into space in 2014. The flights will take passengers up to a height of over 60 miles (100 km).
The Lynx suborbital vehicle takes off and lands like a normal airplane, allowing it to operate from regular airports.
SCX claims to have sold nearly 250 space flight tickets so far with ticket prices of about $100,000 per person.
Virgin Galactic, partially owned by Virgin Group, also plans to launch commercial suborbital flights in 2014.