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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- April 10, 2010

NSS Appoints Gary Pearce Barnhard as Executive Director

The National Space Society announced today that Gary Pearce Barnhard has been appointed the organization's Executive Director.

Mr. Barnhard is a robotic space systems engineer whose professional work includes a wide range of robotic, space, and computer systems engineering projects.  He is the owner and President of Barnhard Associates, LLC, a systems engineering consulting firm and Internet Service Provider ( based in Cabin John, Maryland.

Over the last 34 years Mr. Barnhard has been extensively involved in the space advocacy community:  as the co-founder and Executive Director of the Maryland Alliance for Space Colonization (MASC) one of the most successful chapters/affiliates of the L5 Society, as founder and Executive Director of the Space Development Foundation, as a frequent public speaker on space advocacy issues, as an organizer of space related educational programs and conferences, and as participant in many other space advocacy organization activities.

Mr. Barnhard received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) in 1982 combining Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, with graduate work in science policy, solar physics, and artificial intelligence/knowledge based systems.  He was awarded a grant to participate in NASA's Graduate Student Researchers Program under the auspices of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and the UMCP Aerospace Engineering Department.  His work with the GSFC Advanced Missions Analysis Office included serving on the NASA Headquarters Space Station Mission Requirements Working Group Technology Development Missions Working Group.  His work with the GSFC Mission and Data Operations Director included supporting the development of the Space Station User Information System Requirements.  His thesis work on "the application of knowledge based systems to the domain of spacecraft systems engineering" was published by the UMCP Aerospace Engineering Department and was subsequently implemented as a research and development project at the NASA GSFC.

Mr. Barnhard served as a Space Systems Engineer and Information Systems Architect for EER Systems, and as a Senior Space Systems Engineer on the Grumman Space Station Systems Engineering and Integration Contract (SSEIC) responsible for advanced automation and robotic systems support.  He was the Executive Secretary of the Space Station Freedom Program Robotics Working Group and received a NASA Group Achievement Award for the Robotic Systems Integration Standards Interface Design Review Team, as well as an Outstanding Support Award from the Canadian Space Agency Space Station Freedom Program Liaison Office. Mr. Barnhard is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Gary is a Life Member of the National Space Society and has served as an At-Large member of the NSS Board of Directors from 2004-2008, and as the Chairman of the NSS Executive Committee (akin to Chief Executive Officer) from 2004-2010. He received the National Space Society's Space Pioneer Award in 2004 and the NSS Award for Excellence in 2005 and 2008 for his efforts on the behalf of the Society.

Mr. Barnhard feels that the National Space Society can and must rise to the challenge of being architects, staunch advocates, and supporters of a reasoned evolution into a spacefaring society.  By doing so, NSS can make a material difference in helping to provide for a positive future, a future we would all like to see come to pass.


Media contact:
Gary Barnhard
Phone:  (202) 429-1600

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The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space.  NSS counts thousands of members and more than 50 chapters in the United States and around the world.  The society also publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.  For more information about NSS, visit

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