Janet Kavandi

Janet Kavandi
Astronaut

Dr. Janet Kavandi is the President of Sierra Space Corporation. The Dream Chaser® spaceplane is under contract to deliver supplies to the International Space Station beginning in 2023. Sierra Space is also partnered with Blue Origin to place a commercial space station (Orbital Reef) in orbit by 2028. Before coming to Sierra Space, Dr. Kavandi served 25 years at NASA. She was Director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center and prior to that, Director of Flight Crew Operations and Deputy Director of Health and Human Performance at the Johnson Space Center. Dr. Kavandi was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1994 and flew on three space shuttle missions. Dr. Kavandi logged 33 days in space and 13.1 million miles in 535 Earth orbits. Dr. Kavandi earned a BS from Missouri Southern State University, an MS from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and her Doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Washington. Dr. Kavandi received two Presidential Rank Awards, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two Exceptional Service Medals, three NASA Space Flight Medals, and the Distinguished Service Medal. She was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2019. Dr. Kavandi and her husband, John, have two children.

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