Lady Gaga in Space: To Sing From Virgin Galactic Rocket in 2015

Image: Lady Gaga in Space: To Sing From Virgin Galactic Rocket in 2015 Lady Gaga, left, and Spaceport America.

Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 08:40 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Lady Gaga, known for some of her out-of-this-world fashion and antics, will now actually get to sing in outer space in 2015 courtesy of Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic spaceship.

Us Weekly reported that Lady Gaga will become to first singer to perform in space at the Zero G Colony high-tech musical festival in New Mexico. Zero G Colony is a three-day festival at Spaceport America in New Mexico that will feature entertainment acts and cutting-edge technology.

Lady Gaga is preparing by taking out "ridiculous life insurance policy," one source told Us Weekly. The artist will have her "glam squad" on the edge of outer space in the Virgin Galactic commercial flight.

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"She has to do a month of vocal training because of the atmosphere," Us Weekly said a source told it. The celebrity magazine said Lady Gaga will make her Virgin Galactic trip on the third day of the Zero G festival, about six months after the spaceship makes its initial flight.

Virgin Galactic sports its reusable suborbital spaceship, called Spaceship Two and carrier craft, named WhiteKnightTwo, developed for the company by Scaled Composites and its founder Burt Rutan, according to the company's Facebook page.

"Our new vehicles share much of the same basic design, but are being built to carry six customers and two pilots on sub-orbital space flights," according to Virgin Galactic's Facebook introduction. "Each mission will give our future astronauts an out-of-the-seat, zero-gravity experience offering astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space."

On Sunday, Virgin Galactic's chief executive officer George T. Whitesides told attendees at the ScienceWriters2013 conference via webcast that SpaceShipTwo could begin test flights next month, ahead of schedule, according to NBC News.

NBC News reported in the story posted Monday that SpaceShipTwo soared 69,000 feet, or at little more than 13 miles, at a maximum speed of Mach 1.43 during a September test from its test area in the Mojave Desert. The internationally accepted boundary of outer space of 62 miles.

The December test flight will be play a critical role in maintaining its schedule, per NBC News. Whitesides told reporters that customers will experience a few minutes of weightlessness along with the high-acceleration roller coaster ride to and from space.

NBC News said 650 customers have signed up for the initial trips to space at $250,000 each.

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