The Space Development Foundation is a non-profit IRS-recognized 501 (c) (3) 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 foundation’s 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.
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 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a National Space Society (NSS) life member, Executive Director/CEO emeritus, Board of Directors member, the 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 a 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.