The Space Development Foundation, is a non-profit* organization focused on advocating, orchestrating, and assisting in the fostering of space development in earnest.
The Space Development Foundation was originally founded by Gary Barnhard in 1982 and has operated with significant periods of quiescence due to contractual requirements, until the present. The foundations work in the past has typically been focused on directly or indirectly providing support to programs and projects conducted by established public charities. From time-to-time when there is a compelling need due to timing, resource constraints, and/or special considerations the foundation takes independent actions in support of its mission.
*To help address the changing status of space development in this era the Space Development Foundation is now in the process of applying to the IRS for formal recognition as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.
President & Chief Executive Officer – Gary P. Barnhard
Responsible for the overall orchestration of the Space Development Foundation’s activities.
Gary is a self-described synergistic technological philanthropist, entrepreneur, and serial venture capitalist who also serves as the President & CEO of Xtraordinary Innovative Space Partnerships, Inc. (XISP-Inc) a virtual enterprise focused on Cislunar Technology Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (TD**3) work. He received a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Robotic Systems Integration Standards Interface Design Review Team. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a National Space Society (NSS) life member, Executive Director/CEO emeritus, Board of Directors member. Administrator of the NSS United Nations NGO Delegation, and Director of Strategic Relationships.
Gary’s over 40 years of experience in space advocacy, space development, and as robotic space systems engineer includes a wide range of robotic, space, and computer systems engineering projects.
Program Development Director – Joseph M. Rauscher
Responsible for inter-organization partner agreement codification and follow through.
Joseph’s forty-four years of experience in USA federal and local government environmental protection, green remediation and renewable energy program operations; and grants, contracts, and interagency agreement (IA) administration are guiding the development of cooperative, collaborative, and competitive agreements.
Project Development Director – Seth D. Potter
Responsible for project identification and development.
Seth Potter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Applied Science from New York University. He is currently a contractor at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Space and Missile Systems Center. Previously, he served as an Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company, where his work included satellite servicing, space solar power, Mars exploration, lunar exploration, and navigation and communications satellites. He has written or co-written approximately 30 articles, papers, and book chapters in the fields of space solar power, space telescope servicing, wireless power transmission, advanced space missions, and energy. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Space Society and President of its L.A. Chapter., and is on the council of the LA section of the AIAA..