NAME: RONNIE NADER Foto oficial Ronnie Nader


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IAA Academician


"Dr. Vicente Rocafuerte to Scientific Research Merit"
 National Parliament

"University and Science"
UCSG - Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil

"Example for Youth"
INNFA - Social Inclusion Ministry

"Battle of Pichincha"
Pichincha Province High Council


First Ecuadorian Astronaut, 2007
Designer of the Ecuadorian Space Program, 2007
Designed and flown the 1st Latin American microgravity plane, 2008
Achieved the Microgravity world record, 2008
Built the first National UV Reactive Alert Network, 2008
Designed and built the first Internet-to-Orbit gateway. HERMES-A, 2009
Designed and built the 1st Ecuadorian satellite, NEE-01 PEGASUS. 2011
Designed and built the 2nd Ecuadorian satellite, NEE-02 KRYSAOR. 2012
Launched the 1st and 2nd Ecuadorian satellites, 2013
The first functional rescue operation on nano satellites, 2014
Responsible for turning Ecuador into the first latinamerican country to export its indigenous space technology to the world, 2016
Founder of the Practical Interplanetary Propulsion initiative (AIAA/NFFP), 2020
The only person in history to be the first astronaut of a country and the father of its first satellite.


Space Operations Director for the Ecuadorian Space Agency. 2007 to date
Mission Commander for the DAEDALUS missions, 8 missions flown, 2008
Mission Commander for Project POSEIDON - Microgravity world record 2008
Chief Engineer of  the HYPERION - National UV Reactive Alert Network 2008
Chief Designer of Project HERMES - The first Internet-to-Orbit gateway. 2009
Chief engineer and team leader that built the 1st Ecuadorian satellite, the NEE-01 PEGASUS. 2011
Chief engineer and team leader that built the 2nd Ecuadorian satellite, the NEE-02 KRYSAOR. 2012
Mission Director for NEE-Alpha satellite constellation launch and operation. 2013 to date
Mission Supervisor for IRVINE01 mission on the  IRVINE Cubesat STEM Program, 2015 to date.
Mission Director for the lunar project SPACEBIT - ASAGUMO, 1st lunar commercial mission of the United Kingdom.
Director of the Practical Interplanetary Propulsion Group of the AIAA Nuclear and Future Propulsion T/C - 2020


IAF Space Security Committee - Permanent Member
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA Senior Member
AIAA/NFFP-TC Practical Interplanetary Propulsion Group - Chairman
American Association for Advancement of Science - AAAS - Fellow Member
Planetary Society - Member
International Academy of Astronautics - IAA Senior Member, Engineering Sciences (M2)


Systems Engineer - Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil - UCSG - 1994
Astrobiology Professor - TERC - 2001
Academician - IAA - 2017


First Ecuadorian Astronaut, Ecuadorian Air Force - June 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
National Congress Medal VICENTE ROCAFUERTE to Scientific Merit - May 2011
Wall of illustrious Professionals of Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, 1994 Best Alumni, May 2012 SCIENTIFIC MERIT Municipal Award - City Council of Samborondon - Ecuador - 2012
Medal University and Science - Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, May 2013
Medal Battle of Pichincha - M.I. Provincial Council of Pichincha Province, May 2013
Medal Joint Armed Forces for Exceptional Services to the Nation - Joint Chiefs of the Armed Forces - Ecuador - 2013
LaSalle SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE Award - LaSalle Ex-Alumni National Board - Ecuador - 2013
IAC 2015 Ambassador - International Astronautical Federation - 2015
IAF GRULAC Vicepresident - International Astronautical Federation - 2016
IAF GRULAC President - International Astronautical Federation - 2017
IAA Elected Lifetime Member - International Academy of Astronautics - 2017
AIAA Elected member for the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion (NFFP) Technical Committee - 2019
Chairman of the Practical Interplanetary Propulsion Group of the AIAA NFFP - 2020



Ronnie Nader Bello was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador July 10 1967. at the age of 13 started studies of nuclear physics on its own and within three years won first prize in the physics category of the first  national scholastic contest, capturing first prize again the following year. In 1984 commenced studies in astrophysics, graduating first in his high school class of 1986.In 1987 starts pioneering research in artificial intelligence in Ecuador, He graduated with an MS in systems engineering MCL in 1994 from the Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil, where he was the director of the campus computer lab until 1995, the same year he started his specialization in Cybernetics in the PCP Project, also in 1995, began research in Astrobiology.

Completed the TERC astrobiology teaching certification course in 2004, In 2006 started the development of the ‘Ecuador al Espacio’ Project, (Project ESAA) a privately funded astronautics initiative, aimed to start the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program, the first civilian, non-governmental space program in history aimed to explore and help the development of the suborbital space, with the main emphasis in taking scientific experiments made by educational institutions at no cost for them, in order to help raise interest in science and to awake consciousness of the benefits for Ecuador in exploiting the suborbital and GEO resource.

In 2007 the project is recognized by the General Command of the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) as the first Ecuadorian initiative in astronautics in the history of the country and he as the first Ecuadorian astronaut candidate.

On June 8 2007 Ronnie Nader becomes officially the first Ecuadorian astronaut in history when completed the ASA/T (Advanced Suborbital Astronaut /Trained) training program designed on the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on Moscow, Russia.

During the ASA/T training he imposes some new records, a high gravity tolerance record of 8.6 G's on the Nizhny Novogorod air base, during a training flight on the MiG-29UB jet fighter, added to the fact of flying at 21 kms. at an speed of 2734 km/h (Mach 2.4) during  MiG-31E stratospheric training, turns him into the Ecuadorian citizen that has endured more gravity, flown higher and faster, accordingly to the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) records. He was also excused from the course of Orbital Mechanics during ASA/T training because he could prove to his instructors that his knowledge level in this science was far superior that the requirements of the program.

In August 29 2007 publishes the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program first and to date only space program in the world to be managed and operated by an NGO, at the same time he announces the creation of the EXA, the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency, the first space agency in the history of Ecuador.

In October 4th 2007 mans the first aerospace exercise on Ecuador's aeronautics history, executing a simulation of suborbital jump on board of a Mirage F1JE of the Ecuadorian Air Force, manning the mission specialist post on board the plane and reaching 6.1 G's.

On October 12 2007 he is awarded the 'Example for Youth' medal by the Ecuadorian government.

On November 15 2007 proposes to FAE the project DAEDALUS, a scientific project of his conception that will give the first Latin-American microgravity plane to Ecuador, positioning the country as third in the world after the US and Russia in acquiring this technology by its own means and resources.

On April 10 2008 flies at the command of the first aerospace research mission in Ecuadorian history, the EXA/FAE-01, designed to capture microgravity flight parameters using a device of its design and making, the MGCP-MK3 on board of the Mirage F1JE and achieving microgravity for 301 seconds. This is the first mission of project DAEDALUS, EXA and FAE grants him the position of Aerospace Mission Commander -CMAE-

On May 6 2008 flies at the command of the second aerospace research mission  the EXA/FAE-02 onboard of the Sabreliner T-39 of FAE, achieving for Ecuador, alongside the Ecuadorian Air Force, the first Latin-American microgravity plane. the plane is then rechristened Fuerza-G Uno Cóndor

On June 19th 2008, flying at the Scientific Mission Command of the EXA/FAE-06 Aerospace mission, achieves for Ecuador the first world record, certified by GuinnessTM of the Youngest Human Being in Microgravity, when a fluid dynamics scientific experiment is performed on board by his sons, Gerard (10) and Jules (7) this last one now holds the record in the name of Ecuador, this was possible due the development of an special training program called  YMTP developed by Nader for this project.

On October 22 2008, EXA publishes the HIPERION report, proving the depletion of the ozone layer over the equatorial region of the planet, and also verifying that extreme levels of UV radiation are reaching Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Colombian territory, Nader was the head of the project HIPERION and designed the HIPERION Reactive Alert Network, which provides protection to more than 4 million ecuadorians by the means of providing them accurate and real time information about UV levels for them to take action immediately, such network is the first in the country's history and up to date the most technologically advanced in the region.

On September 8 2009, EXA announces the existence of PROJECT HERMES, the first Internet-to-Orbit gateway, during the Small Satellites for Sustainable Developement symposium organized byt the UNOOSA, the European Space Agency and the Austrian Government: Ronnie Nader, the father and designer of the system is invited then to demonstrate its use and to train scientists and engineers of 34 countries in its use for the benefit of mankind all, which is done successfully 2 days later, on September 10. This becomes the first time that an Ecuadorian project is entitled with such importance by the international astronautical community.

In November 2009, EXA launches the A SATELLITE IN CLASSROOM program, a world-class pioneering program that allows a simple desktop computer to be turn into a virtual ground station for downloading real time images from the NOAA meteorological satellites and to be put in the classrooms, for students of 6 years old an up, giving them the opportunity to gain a unprecedented level of contact with 21st century technology and to inspire in them the interest in sciences. The system was designed and built by Nader from the grounds of the DELTA operation mode of Project HERMES.

On March 25 2010, he is presented with the prestigious Global Citizenship Award granted every year by the board of Trustees of Academia Cotopaxi after a rigorous selection to persons who have impacted their communities and mankind all with their work. past winners includes an ex-president and many prominent social activists.

On April 2010, proposes the project PEGASUS, the building of the first Ecuadorian satellite to the EXA Directorate, which is approved and put under his control. He promises to deliver the satellite within a year.

On November 2010 he was selected for the Hall of Fame of Lebanese descendants that have contributed to the progress of Ecuador by the Lebanese Consulate in Quito.

On April 2011, a year after the project approval, he delivers the fully functional and flight-ready NEE-01 PEGASUS, the first Ecuadorian satellite to the EXA Directorate, who presents it to the world on April 4, 2011.

On May 13, 2011 the National Assembly taps him to receive the VICENTE ROCAFUERTE Medal for Scientific Merit in name of the EXA, this is the highest national honor that is only bestowed for exceptional scientific work in benefit of the country. It has only been granted 4 times in Ecuadorian history.

On May 12, 2012 The Catholic University of Guayaquil, his alma mater, reaching 50 years of existence, selects him to join the wall of the 50 best professionals ever produced by the institution, representing all the alumni that graduated in 1994.

On August 2012 delivers the second Ecuadorian made satellite, the NEE-02 KRYSAOR.

On October 30 the EXA receives the SCIENTIFIC MERIT Award from the M.I. Municipality of Samborondon, the home town were the NEE-01 and NEE-02 satellites were created, Ronnie Nader receives the award from the hands of the city Mayor in the name of EXA.

On February 28, 2013, leading the team that traveled to Netherlands with the NEE-01 and NEE-02 satellites for testing and space flight certification in the ISIS/ISL labs, receives the Space Flight Certification for both satellites from the ISIS/ISL Director, confirming that the satellites he built and designed are accepted for spaceflight in Chinese and Russians launch vehicles.

On April 25, 2013 at 23h13 local time, onboard a LM2D rocket taking off from the JiuQuan Cosmodrome the NEE-01 PEGASO launches into space, 13 minutes later is injected into orbit and more than 4 hours later a radio amateur relays the first signal to CCVE ground control in Guayaquil, The National Government transmits the launching operation in national TV and the President sits in the CCVE ground control, commanding the mission is Cmdr. Ronnie Nader who declares mission success at 23h27 with the historic words "Welcome to the sky PEGASO, Welcome to space Ecuador"

On May 16, 2013 at 10h39 local time, from the Space flight Control Center in Samborondon the first public live video feed from NEE-01 PEGASUS is received and injected into the Internet, the mission director, Cmdr. Ronnie Nader, establishes the link with the satellite and receives it with the words "Welcome home PEGASO"

On May 17, 2013 The Catholic University at Guayaquil imposes the "University and Science" medal on him, for his contributions to the advancement of science in the nation.

On May 22, 2013 The High Council of Pichincha province imposes the Battle of Pichincha medal on him for exceptional services to the nation in the scientific field.

On November 21, 2013 commands the launch monitoring operation for the NEE-02 KRYSAOR, second Ecuadorian satellite which lifts off towards the orbit onboard a Russian Dnepr RS20B, this launch becomes world record for injecting 33 satellites into orbit at once, at 02h25m13s the NEE-02 KRYSAOR is delivered into its planned orbit. It carries onboard the PERSEUS device.

On January 25, 2014 commands the EXA's Space Operations team that successfully recovers the operational status of the NEE-01 PEGASUS using the PERSEUS device on board the NEE-02 KRYSAOR. Nader designed and built the PERSEUS device himself.

 Since 2015 leads the team that achieves the firsts exports of space technology to the U.S. in 2016 and 2017. Also in that year he was elected as Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics for the Engineering Sciences section

In 2016 He was elected as Vice President for the International Astronautical Federation's Latin America and Caribbean Group (IAF GRULAC)

In 2017 he was elected IAA lifetime Member for the Engineering Sciences Section and in the same year he was elected President for the International Astronautical Federation's Latin America and Caribbean Group (IAF GRULAC). The same year he presents the LATCOSMOS space development program for Latino America to the IAF GRULAC,

In 2018 during the IAC2018 in Bremen, Germany, he proposes the Latin American Lunar Program, which officially begins with the signing of the initial agreements with Astrobotic to begin lunar unmanned missions in 2021.

On December 17, 2020, during the bimonthly meeting of the Nuclear and Future Flight Propulsion Technical Committee (NFFP), one of the oldest and most reputable technical committees of the American Insitute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Ronnie Nader proposes the creation of a working group with the sole purpose of producing designs for a motor capable of reaching a maximum speed of 2% of the speed of light, in the next 10 years. The idea is that this development will allow humanity to reach the worlds of the solar system in a practical time frame, without having to wait years but only weeks to travel to those worlds, thus opening up the practical colonization of the solar system to humanity. A month later, this task force is created by the committee and christened the Practical Interplanetary Propulsion Group and Ronnie Nader is elected as its first president.

Ronnie Nader is the first person in history to achieve the two most significant milestones in astronautics for a country: To be its first astronaut and the father of its first satellites at the same time, and, to date, he is the only Ecuadorian representative to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) General Assembly and the first and only Ecuadorian citizen to be elected as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, He is also member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), he as given dozens of lectures in key scientific conferences around the world, and published more than 40 scientific papers in which he was author and co-author, he speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, he is an amateur astronomer and his favorite sport is the land sailing, he also enjoys reading, martial arts and classical music as much as 80's music.

Ronnie Nader clad in the Orlan-M EVA space suit
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Scopus ID: 36125329900

ORCID: 0000-0002-1399-6973

66 technical and scientific papers can be found here


LETTER TO THE NATION: Open letter to the Ecuadorian people  - spanish
AN APRIL'S NIGHT: Speech to the National Assembly accepting the National Medal to Scientific Merit   - spanish