Jane Poynter

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Jane Poynter

Jane Poynter is a Biosphere 2 crewmember, author, TV host and company President and CEO. She was born in Britain.

Business ventures[edit]

World View Enterprises[edit]

Poynter is currently Chief Executive Officer of World View Enterprises Inc., which will be taking Voyagers to the edge of space in a capsule using a high-altitude balloon. World View Experience  as well as offering new opportunities for research and education pursuits.

Paragon Space Development Corporation[edit]

Poynter was a founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation, which develops technologies for extreme environments (like outer space and under water). While inside Biosphere 2, she co-founded the firm with fellow biospherian, Taber MacCallum, whom she later married,[1] Grant Anderson, Paragon's President and CEO and several other aerospace engineers. In 2009 the National Association for Female Executives awarded Jane its Entrepreneur of the Year award.[2] Jane is named as co-inventor on a patented experiment [3] self-sustaining habitats flown on the International Space Station, the Russian Mir Space Station, and the U.S. Space Shuttle.

Inspiration Mars[edit]

Poynter was a developer of the crew and life-support systems[4] for the Inspiration Mars free-return mission to Mars planned for launch in January 2018. The two person spaceflight mission was originally to be a private, nonprofit venture[5] of 501 days duration which will allow a small human-carrying spacecraft to use the smallest possible amount of fuel to get it to Mars and back to Earth.[6] However, this plan proved unworkable without significant funding and assistance from NASA.[7]

The life support system is critical. "If anything goes wrong, the spacecraft should make its own way back to Earth — but with no possibility of any short-cuts home."[8]

Former ventures[edit]

Biosphere 2[edit]

Poynter was one of eight people who agreed to live in a sealed artificial world for two years from September 1991 to September 1993. Just twelve days into the mission, she was injured in a rice-threshing machine, and had to leave the Biosphere for medical treatment.[9] She was out for less than seven hours. The project came under media criticism after it was revealed that some spare parts were placed in the airlock with her when she went back in.

Poynter reported that low morale and psychological problems plagued the two-year mission.[10] The eight crew members eventually split into two factions of four who hated each other.

Other work[edit]

Jane also worked with the World Bank on projects to mitigate global climate change and grow crops in drought-stricken Africa and Central America. She is President of Blue Marble Institute, a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to leadership in science, sustainability and exploration. She serves on the City of Tucson's Climate Change Committee.[11] Her second book, Champions for Change: Athletes Making A World of Difference is now a middle school program.[12]

She has appeared on television and radio shows, and has been interviewed for magazine and newspaper articles about Biosphere 2 and her work in space and the environment. She has been an invited speaker at events hosted by groups such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency, TEDx, National Space Symposium, NASA, MIT, and Microsoft.


  • Poynter, Jane (2006). The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2. Basic Books. ISBN 978-1560257752. 
  • Poynter, Jane (2009). Champions for Change : Athletes Making a World of Difference. Global Sports Alliance USA. ISBN 978-0615304793. 


  1. ^ "US private sector hopes to send older couple to Mars". BBC News. 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jane Poynter, Entrepreneur of the Year". Nafe.com. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ United States Patent 5,865,141 Autonomous Biological System (ABS) 
  4. ^ Kaufman, Marc (27 February 2013). "Manned Mars Mission Announced by Dennis Tito Group". National Geographic News. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Belfiore, Michael (27 February 2013). "The Crazy Plan to Fly Two Humans to Mars in 2018". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Morring, Frank, Jr. (2013-03-04). "Serious Intent About 2018 Human Mars Mission". Aviation Week and Space Technology. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24633-ambitious-mars-joyride-cannot-succeed-without-nasa.html
  8. ^ Connor, Steve (26 February 2013). "The millionaire Dennis Tito and his mission to Mars". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Poynter 2006, p.144-6
  10. ^ Poynter 2006, ch.18
  11. ^ "Climate Change Committee". Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Champions for Change". Archived from the original on May 16, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 

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