Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Talks Space Travel – NBC Bay Area
NBC Bay Area met a Silicon Valley venture capitalist who was preparing to travel to space with his son last week.
Blue Origin Venture Capitalist Lane Bess is back from a trip out of this world and now plans to make it easier for others to have the same opportunity.
When the “New Shepard” launched this weekend, Bess was on board. He bought two tickets at an auction; one for him and one for his son.
He’s been CEO of Silicon Valley, he’s currently a venture capitalist, and now he’s about to be launched into space. Scott Budman reports.
âWas it worth it for you,â NBC Bay Area reporter Scott Budman asked Bess. “Oh absolutely. Without a doubt. It is life changing,” he said.
Bess explained that the trip was “just natural” and said he “almost felt like he was in the womb”.
Lane said there were two main things on his mind while in space. One shared the experience with his 23-year-old son, Cameron.
âIf you ever want to get closer to someone, especially a son, wife or child, this is one way to do it,â he said. can not even describe. “
And since he’s a venture capitalist, he’s now looking at how he can invest in that next step and make trips like this more affordable for more people.
“My greatest hope,” he said, “and you feel it even more when you look at earth from space.”
He said when he watched the launch read he thought, “My God, I was in this thing. It’s choking me. You have to do this if you can.”
Now that space tourism is more accessible and people actually do it, the Federal Aviation Administration has said that after this year no more commercial astronaut wings will be distributed.
NASA has said its only real astronauts will get their wings from the space agency itself.