Space tourist Sarah Brightman, Japanese backup pilot to train at ESA, NASA

British singer Sarah Brightman, which is training at Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City) outside Moscow for a space flight to the International Space Station (ISS), will continue her training and exercises at the European Space Agency (ESA) next week, a space industry source told Interfax-AVN.

British singer Sarah Brightman, which is training at Zvyozdny Gorodok (Star City) outside Moscow for a space flight to the International Space Station (ISS), will continue her training and exercises at the European Space Agency (ESA) next week, a space industry source told Interfax-AVN.

"Sarah Brightman will undergo a training course at the European Space Agency from April 13 to 16. Then she will return to Russia to continue her training at the Cosmonaut Training Center," the source said.

Brightman's training at NASA is also scheduled for June 22-26, the source said.

"Sarah Brightman's Japanese backup pilot, Satoshi Takamatsu, will also undergo training at the ESA and NASA," he said.

The principal part of the training will take place at Zvyozdny Gorodok. The launch of a space vehicle carrying Brightman, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov (who has already been to space twice) and ESA Astronaut Andreas Mogensen (the first Dane to go to space) is scheduled for September 1.

"The [training] program also envisions sea training to practice the spacecraft crew's actions in case of the landing capsule's splashdown. It will take place on the Black Sea from June 29 to July 3," the source said.

The crew's comprehensive test training is scheduled for August 6-7. "The principal and backup crews are to fly to Baikonur [space center] on August 19, where the final stage of the preflight training will take place," he said.

It was reported earlier that Brightman's flight to the ISS should last from September 1 to 11.

The British singer said at a press conference in Moscow that she planned to sing on board the station to the accompaniment of an orchestra on earth.

Brightman is undergoing a standard training program for flying to the ISS as a space tourist. Brightman and Takamatsu will train for half a year to master the systems of a Soyuz-TMA-M manned spacecraft and the Russian segment of the ISS, practice actions in case of an unscheduled landing in various climatic and geographic zones, take a medical-biological and scientific training course, and study the Russian language.

Sarah Brightman is a British classical crossover soprano. She was born in Berkhamsted not far from London on August 14, 1960. She studied at Egerton-Rothesay School, Grandison College, Elmhurst School For Dance, and Arts Educational School London.

On February 8, 2012, Brightman became a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

She announced her plans to go to space in 2012. Speaking at a press conference in Moscow on October 10, 2012, she said she had started dreaming about going to space while watching a TV broadcast of Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's lunar mission in 1969.

Satoshi Takamatsu was born on May 5, 1963. He started his career at the leading Japanese advertising agency Dentsu and played a significant role in a number of its projects as a copywriter and creative director.

Takamatsu won numerous international advertising awards, including the gold at Cannes Lions festival (France), a Grand Clio (U.S.), the Grand Prix at ADFEST (Asia), the gold at London International Awards, and the gold at NY ADC (U.S.). He has been a jury member at numerous international advertising contests.

Takamatsu is the founder and CEO of the companies Space Films and Space Travel. Space Films is a film company providing support to space projects with assistance from the Russian, U.S. and Japanese space agencies.

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