Barbara Barrett is currently training as the
back-up crew member alongside
orbital spaceflight candidate Guy Laliberté, who is preparing for the Soyuz TMA-16 flight to the
International Space Station (ISS).
“It is a privilege to have Barbara take part in
our orbital training program. As an instrument-rated pilot, along
with her knowledge of the aviation industry, she is a perfect
candidate,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space
Adventures. “Currently, she’s in Star City training with Guy
Laliberté as he readies himself for his spaceflight mission this
Space Adventures became world renowned
in 2001 with the launch of client Dennis Tito, the world’s first
privately funded spaceflight participant. Since then, the company
has launched five other spaceflight missions, including two for
Charles Simonyi. Dr. Simonyi became the company’s first repeat
orbital client when he launched to space in March.
After successful completion of the program, Barrett will be
certified as a ‘fully trained cosmonaut’ and will be named to an
official space mission crew. This is a distinction that less than
1,000 people have ever had.
“Training as a backup
for the September space launch is an adventure - and education -
of a lifetime,” said Barrett. “The space frontier inspires young
people today just as it did Galileo and Copernicus centuries ago.
Students today who build science and math skills will have access
to the thrill of space travel almost routinely in their
Barrett is an international business and aviation attorney. She is
President and CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch, a Montana Hideaway.
Until January 2009, Barrett was U.S. Ambassador to Finland. Prior
to Finland she served on the corporate boards of Raytheon,
Exponent and The Mayo Clinic, and was a trustee of Aerospace
Corporation and Thunderbird School of Global Management. She was a
member of the Boards of the Space Foundation, Horatio Alger
Association, the Smithsonian and Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Earlier she was a Senior Advisor to the UN, President and CEO of
the American Management Association, founding Chairman of Valley
Bank of Arizona, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board
and executive/officer of two Fortune 500 corporations. Barrett was
President of the International Women’s Forum and Chairman of the
U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Barrett and her
husband, Craig, live in Arizona.
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