All aboard the Blue Origin space shuttle as six passengers have been announced to launch into space. Some people don’t recognise the name of one of the flyers so let’s discover who Lane Bess is.
Blue Origin has announced its next human spaceflight will be its first flight holding all six passengers. The launch is set for 9 December so let’s discover the group taking a trip to space in the New Shepard reusable rocket.
This will be the first time a parent and child have made a trip to space together, meaning Lane and Cameron Bess are making history…
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Who is Lane Bess?
Lane Bess is the principal and founder of Bess Ventures and Advisory. Before this, he was chief operating officer of Zscaler, a cloud-based internet security service. Most of his work is in the security and technology sectors.
According to his LinkedIn, he has spent more than 30 years as an operational executive. Between 2008 and 2011, he was chief executive of Palo Alto Networks. Before that, he served as executive vice-president of Worldwide Sales and was general manager of Trend Micro, aka Nikkei.
When he was younger, Bess received a Bachelor of Science degree in managerial economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters from the University of Dayton.
He lives in Miami Beach, Florida, with his family. He has a son, Cameron, who is a content creator and software developer. Cameron will join Lane in space on the father-son trip.
According to Blue Origin: ‘Cameron identifies as pansexual and is proud to represent marginalised communities and hopes their journey can inspire others.”
The Twitch streamer is now set to take on space – and we can’t wait to see their thoughts on the venture.
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Passengers on Blue Origin’s next flight revealed
Alongside Lane and Cameron Bess, the passengers who will launch into space on 9 December are: Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan, astronaut Alan Shepard’s daughter Laura Shepard Churchley, Voyager Space chief executive Dylan Taylor, and Dick Holdings managing member Evan Dick.
Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley have been gifted their seats, while the other four passengers are paying for the flight.
It has yet to be announced how much a ticket costs to fly on Blue Origin, although Tom Hanks may have given us a hint. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the Hollywood legend claimed he asked to go on the flight that launched in October but said he wouldn’t pay “28 million bucks” for a seat.
Time to start saving if you want to be on the next one!