Since I was a young child Mars held a special fascination for me. It was so close and yet so faraway. I have never doubted that it once had advanced life and still has remnants of that life now. I am a dedicated member of the Mars Society,Norcal Mars Society National Space Society, Planetary Society, And the SETI Institute. I am a supporter of Explore Mars, Inc. I'm a great admirer of Elon Musk and SpaceX. I have a strong feeling that Space X will send a human to Mars first.
June 8, 2007 Became the first Ecuadorian astronaut in history, by completing the ASA/T program at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia and acquired title ASA/T (Advanced Suborbital Astronaut/Trained), Mission Specialist.
August 29, 2007: Designed and published the first Civilian Space Research Program in Ecuador, also created the EXA - the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency, the first space agency in Ecuadorian history.
January, 2008: Designed Project DAEDALUS, the first latin american micro gravity plane, also designed the gravimetric multivectorial computing platform needed for the project, the PMCG-MK1. On May 6, 2008: Successfully flied as mission commander the EXA/FAE-02 research mission on a T39 Sabreliner, testing the PMCG-MK2 and achieving for the country the first latin american micro gravity plane, Ecuador became then the 3rd country in the world to achieve parabolic flight technology by its own means, after the US and Russia.
June 19, 2008: Mission director for Project POSEIDON achieved a micro gravity World Record for Ecuador granted by Guinness and the WR Academy
October 22, 2008: Designed and built the EXA's HIPERION Reactive Alert Network, which protects more than 4 million Ecuadorians by providing them with real time information about high UV radiation levels reaching Ecuadorian territory
September 8, 2009: Unveiled Project HERMES - The first Internet-to-Orbit gateway, was invited by the United Nations OOSA office to the Austrian Academy of Sciences to demonstrate the system and teach other scientists from around the world to use it.
November 19, 2009: Started the program "A SATELLITE IN CLASSROOM", based on the HERMES platform to provide elementary schools with the capability of connecting in real time to weather satellites and download live images using only a computer with an internet connection.
He was the leader of the team who built the 1st Ecuadorian satellite the NEE-01 PEGASUS and its chief designer
Spacecraft design and engineering
Up until May 2008 there was no way to access a microgravity research facility in the Latin-American region that can offer more than 4 or at most 5 seconds of high quality microgravity conditions, Project DAEDALUS was a joint project of the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) and the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) to develop the 1st Latin-American microgravity plane. So far 7 missions have been... more
The high UV indexes detected in equatorial latitudes lately calls for an automated, near real time, online system that constantly monitors UVB and UVA radiation and can warn the population of the potential health risk accordingly to the WHO UV index standard. Until October 2008 no such system existed in Ecuadorian territory where high UV indexes can be found in the Andean region as well as in the... more
The Delta operation mode of the HERMES-A/MINOTAUR Internet-to-Orbit gateway built and operated by the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) as part of the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program (ECSP)
allows the real time routing of Earth observation satellite signals over the internet, this capability allows to turn a laptop computer with an internet connection in a full virtual ground station... more
The Ecuadorian Space Agency has recently provided the civilian world with an Internet-to-orbit gateway (HERMES-A / MINOTAUR Space Flight Control Center) available for public and educational use. This gateway connects Internet users around the world with the capability to remotely operate and listen to a satellite ground station, providing a broad platform for educators and amateurs to connect to... more
The Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program was presented on August 29 2007, to date; big steps have been taken by this Civilian program endorsed by the Ecuadorian Air Force and the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency. We will discuss the creation of microgravity facilities for training and research from scratch and the joint microgravity research missions made with the Ecuadorian Air Force, the... more
“A Satellite in the Classroom” pilot program began in September 2009, with second grade students at Academia Cotopaxi’s International American school in Quito, Ecuador. Through real-time satellite images students are provided hands-on learning experiences which strengthen their understanding of space science and technology. The students are able to track real-time satellites on the globe, download... more
Students in higher education, scientific and technological research want to communicate with the ISS, downloadlive satellite images, and receive telemetry, housekeeping and science data from nanosatellites and larger spacecrafts.
To meet this need, the Ecuadorian Space Agency (EXA) has recently provided the civilian world with an internet to orbit gateway (HERMES-A / MINOTAUR Space Flight Control... more
-HERMES is the first ground station in the world to be publicly available, connecting the Internet to the orbit in real time with voice and data capabilities.
-The main objective of HERMES is to give academic and education community access to spacecrafts in orbit without them having to setup their own ground stations, lowering the cost of access to space for education and research and opening... more
HERMES is an Space flight Control Center or SFCC.
•Also, HERMES is a robotic SFCC.
•HERMES is capable of detection, tracking, command, control and receive/transmit data and voice from spacecrafts within its range
•But most importantly: HERMES can be controlled and operated completely over the Internet, sending spacecraft signals over the network to authorized entities, that otherwise will need... more
“Ronnie Nader represents the next wave of dynamic visionaries on space technology satellite engineering. His pioneering work as the 1st Ecuadorian Cosmonaut will put Ecuador on the map and in the running for the space race of the 21st century. He represents the pulse of the Millennium, the Return of the exciting era of space travel and a hero to young population of Ecuadorian children who can now believe that their dream can also come true. Ronnie Nader's dedicated efforts to his country's space program will mark a unique point in history and will become the turning point of Ecuador in the technology race.” November 16, 2010
3rdCesar N., Program Manager - Military Classification Testing Control, Headquarters Marine Corps
was with another company when working with Ronnie at EXA - Ecuadorian Space Agency
“I have known Ronnie Nader since 2003, when he first expressed an interest in participating in astronaut training courses with my former employer, Space Adventures Ltd. Since then, Mr. Nader has become a pioneer and advocate for space exploration in his native Ecuador, where he has been instrumental in establishing and leading the national space agency EXA, has implemented space science educational programs at school and university level, and has been recognized as the first Ecuadorian astronaut candidate. While undergoing a comprehensive suborbital space flight training program at Star City, Russia, in 2007, Ronnie impressed his instructors and trainers by demonstrating superior physical and mental readiness for space travel. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Ronnie on numerous occasions and can attest to his unwaivering passion and determination to realize not only his own ambitions of space travel, but to educate and inspire his fellow countrymen.” April 4, 2008
2ndJohn Moltzan, Director of Business Development, Space Adventures Ltd.
was a consultant or contractor to Ronnie at EXA - Ecuadorian Space Agency
PEVM Ecuadorian Micro Gravity Flight Program
“Ronnie is a man of vision and passion, and his efforts to bring space development efforts to his nation are fantastic! We look forward to working with Ronnie for many years. His visions will no doubt be realized under his leadership.
Eric Anderson” July 20, 2008
2ndEric Anderson, President & CEO, Space Adventures
was a consultant or contractor to Ronnie at PEVM Ecuadorian Micro Gravity Flight Program
Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil
“Ronnie was always deep in research and analysis. Always top on his classes. Way to go Ronnie - In my name, Ecuador is proud of you!” June 7, 2009
3rdMercedes A., EDI programmer, Trailer Bridge,
studied with Ronnie at Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil
First Ecuadorian Astronaut, 2007
One of 9 most successful men in Ecuador, HOGAR mag., July 2007
Medal 'Example for Youth' of Ecuadorian Gov., October 2007
Man of year, Ecuador, 2007
One of 4 most successful Ecuadorians, December 2007
Global Citizenship Award 2010 - March 2010
Hall of Fame of Lebanese descendants - November 2010