About Us

Established in 2009 to drive Space Awareness, Outreach and Education, the Foundation for Space Development is a South African registered nonprofit Organization, registration number 2009/010454/08.

The Foundation is an official partner organization of the UN Foundation's #GivingTuesday initiative.


Professor Peter Martinez - Founding Director

Professor Martinez is the programme convener for the space studies programme at the at the University of Cape Town (spacelab.uct.ac.za). He is also the Chairman of the South African Council for Space Affairs, the national regulatory body for space activities in South Africa, and was the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the 2011 International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town. He is an Associate Editor of the COSPAR journal Advances in Space Research and a member of various professional bodies in space science and technology.

Carla Sharpe - Founding Director

Ms. Sharpe has an MBA from the International Space University and is currently working on her PhD in Space Studies at the University of Cape Town. She is a founder of the South African Space Association and currently serves on the Management Committee of both the Association and Women in Aerospace Africa. Ms. Sharpe is also responsible for Business Development at Africa's largest Science undertaking the Square Kilometer Array (ska.ac.za).

Jonathan Weltman - Chief Executive

Mr. Weltman studied Aeronautical Engineering at Wits and was the Organizer of the 2011 International Astronautical Congress in Cape Town. He also works with Space Commercial Services Group, a pioneering company in the Space Industry in South Africa.