Bob Geldof is well on his way to becoming the first Irishman in space after successfully completing his first training mission.

The veteran rocker paid out $100,000 (£66,600) on a ticket for a seat on the inaugural Space Expedition Corporation (Sxc) commercial flight next year (14), and he is undergoing a gruelling training regime to get in shape for the launch.

Geldof has been working with astronauts in the Netherlands, and had his first experience with a space flight simulator on Thursday (26Sep13).

Pictures from the training day show the 61-year-old Boomtown Rats frontman strapped into the simulator wearing a suit with an Irish flag motif on the left shoulder.