Vice President, Commercial Spaceflight
As Vice President of Commercial Spaceflight for Barrios Technology, Kerri Knotts is
responsible for growing the commercial spaceflight portfolio. She is focused on cultivating
commercial space opportunities in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) economy, Cis-Lunar, and
Lunar Surface; as well as developing partnerships and strategic business growth initiatives
on the ground with the commercial industry.
Since joining the Barrios family in 2020, she has supported multiple areas of the company
as Senior Manager in Business Development, Cross-Program Integration on the Human
Space Flight Technical Integration Contract (HSFTIC), and establishment of Barrios’
Commercial Space service line.
Kerri previously served as an Aerospace Engineer for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and
spent the last six years in the oil and gas industry running multiple manufacturing and
service start-up businesses.
Whilst at NASA, she had multiple technical and leadership roles, such as being an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) astronaut instructor, and training crews on the systems, procedures, and hardware needed to operate in space during complex Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) construction missions.
Kerri was a certified NASA Flight Controller in the Mission Control Center (MCC) executing missions as an EVA Officer, and served as Systems Engineer and Integration (SE&I) Lead for Advanced EVA Systems, Deputy Manager for Advanced EVA Systems (conceptualizing an evolvable space suit system design for LEO, moon and Mars), and Chief of the Advanced Development and Integration Office (ADIO) in the Constellation Program setting requirements for exploration launch systems, landers and a lunar outpost.
She is a graduate of the West Virginia University (WVU) Aerospace Engineering program and serves on the WVU Statler College of Engineering Advisory Committee, the WVU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee, and the WVU Foundation Board. Kerri spends her free time staying fit and cheering on her two sons, who are both studying engineering.