09Sep2014

Sarah Brightman to Start Space Flight Training in January

Sarah Brightman. Credit: EPA/Sergey Ilnitsky

British famed soprano singer Sarah Brightman would begin pre-flight trainings for her journey to the International Space Station (ISS) as a space tourist early next year, instead of this autumn.

The announcement was made byYuri Lonchakov, the head of the Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, on Wednesday. “She will begin trainings in the Star City in January of 2015 and therefore we are all waiting for her,” Lonchakov said adding that he believed “her training will be a success.” Less than three months ago Lonchakov said that the famous singer had already passed a number of medical examination and tests and was ready to begin preparations for the trip to the ISS at the Star City space training facility in the Moscow Region in September or October.

Lonchakov’s earlier statement that Brightman could start her trainings this autumn was also confirmed in June by the president of the US-based company in charge of organizing her trip. Tom Shelley, the president of US-based Space Adventures Ltd. company, said at a National Space Club Florida Committee meeting in June that Brightman, planned to make the trip to the ISS in September of 2015 and this fall she intended to start the pre-flight trainings at the space training center outside Moscow. “She is absolutely 100% committed. She’s putting together her mission plan now,” Shelley said adding that Brightman wants to be the first professional singer ever to sing in space.

Shelley also said that Brightman would pay a total of $52 million for her next year’s flight on board of the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS, where she plans to spend 10 days as a space tourist. Brightman, who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” and is the world’s best-selling soprano singer with over 30 million of CDs sold, first announced her intentions to travel to the ISS as a space tourist in August 2012.

Brightman, a famed soprano who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” will pay about $52 million for a 10-day stay aboard the orbital outpos

In 2012 in conjunction with Virgin Galactic, The Brightman STEM Scholarship program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) was launched to help young women in the US pursue STEM education across their four year college careers. Her album, “Dreamchaser” was released on January 22, 2013. She said “I don’t think of myself as a dreamer.

Rather, I am a dream chaser, I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on Earth and from space. I am determined that this journey can reach out to be a force for good, a catalyst for some of the dreams and aims of others that resonate with me.” She intends to become the first professional musician to sing from space. Credit: ITAR-TASSamsat-uk.org

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