Amsterdam, 26 September 2013, Today Bob Geldof completed his first SXC training mission at the space flight simulator Desdemona in The Netherlands. He was very impressed by the realistic flight simulation of the XCOR Lynx spacecraft and is now even more excited about his actual flight to space with SXC.
Geldof added that the simulator is a fantastic device, the power of its thrust is amazing and the experience of it all actually makes you want to stay up longer.
Space Expedition Corporation is thrilled to have singer, activist and and seven times Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sir Bob Geldof on board as an SXC future astronaut. Geldof is a highly successful businessman, performs with his own band and is, once again, the frontman of the newly reformed irish band of British band Boomtown Rats. In the 80’s, he initiated the hugely successful benefit concerts Band Aid and Live Aid to raise money for Africa followed by the incredible Live 8 concerts in 2005 to bring about political reform and social justice.
SXC founder Michiel Mol has said: “We are so proud to have Sir Geldof aboard. He is an icon of social responsibility and in projects like Live Aid, he proved that entertainment with meaning can be a great combination. We share that vision by offering our astronauts a life-changing experience. At the same time we are changing the concept of sustainable space transportation, namely outside the earth's atmosphere.’’
Geldof also quoted a famous Irish poet who once said that” 'the beauty of the world makes him sad, because this beauty will pass.' But when I go up into Space, I really will be able to see the Earth’s beauty and I am very much looking forward to it.’’
Please click here for the movie clip of Bob Geldof’s training mission.