THE FIRST ECUADORIAN ASTRONAUT

NAME: RONNIE NADER Foto oficial Ronnie Nader
POSITION: MISSION SPECIALIST ASTRONAUT - COMMANDER
GRADE: ASA/T (ADVANCED SUBORBITAL ASTRONAUT) - EXA
CMAE (
AEROSPACE MISSION COMMANDER) - EXA/FAE
NATIONALITY: ECUADORIAN, JULY 10, 1967
SERIAL NUMBER: EAC-001-D060807
CALLSIGN: VADER
EXPERIENCE: 7 AEROSPACE RESEARCH MISSIONS (EXA/FAE-01 to EXA/FAE-07)
1
SEARCH & RECON MISSION
(MBRC/FAE-01)
MISSION DIRECTOR NEE-01 PEGASUS
MISSION DIRECTOR NEE-02 KRYSAOR
DUTIES:
FUNCTION:
SPACE OPERATIONS DIVISION DIRECTOR AT EXA
MISSION COMMANDER - ASTRONAUT
ASSIGNED SPACE MISSIONS ESAA-01 SUBORBITAL - HYPERION-2
ESAA-01A SUBORBITAL - HYPERION-2
ESAA-01B SUBORBITAL - HYPERION-2

INSIGNIAS WORN:

 

ASA/T Wings

Mission Commander badge

Aerospace mission pin

MEDALS

"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


LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENTS

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
The only person in history to be the first astronaut of a country and the father of its first satellite

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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

ACADEMIC MEMBERSHIPS

IAF Space Security Committee - Permanent Member
American Association for Advancement of Science - AAAS - Fellow Member
Planetary Society - Member
International Academy of Astronautics - Corresponding Member

ACADEMIC DEGREES

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

AWARDS AND HONORS

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

 

BIO AND HISTORY

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.

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.

 
 

PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Astronautics: The PEGASUS Incident: The loss of the 1st Ecuadorian satellite and its recovery
Astronautics
: The Ecuadorian experience in space: The NEE-Alpha constellation
Astronautics: NEE-01 PEGASUS: THE FIRST ECUADORIAN SATELLITE
Astronautics: LOW COST ULTRATHIN DEPLOYABLE MULTIPANEL SOLAR ARRAYS FOR 1U CUBESATS
Astronautics: CYCLOPS: REAL TIME VIDEO TRANSMISSION FROM ORBIT ON A 1U CUBESAT MISSION
Astronautics: CARBON NANOTUBES BASED THERMAL DISTRIBUTION AND TRANSFER BUS SYSTEM  FOR 1U CUBESATS
Astronautics: SEAM/NEMEA:  THE SPACE ENVIRONMENT ATTENUATION MANIFOLD SHIELD FOR NANOSATELLITES
Astronautics: ARGOS: HYPER AMPLIFICATION MANIFOLD FOR ENHANCING GROUND STATION RECEPTION
Astronautics: SELF DEPLOYING ANTENNA SYSTEM FOR NANOSATELLITES BASED ON SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS
Astronautics: SESCA: SPACE ENVIRONMENT SIMULATION CHAMBER FOR ACCURATE GROUND TESTING OF NANOSATELLITES
Astronautics: HIGH ENERGY DENSITY MULTI CELL BATTERY ARRAY FOR NANOSATELLITES
Astronautics: HIGH POWER, LOW NOISE BOOSTER FOR POWER AMPLIFICATION ON NANO SATELLITES RADIO TRANSCEIVERS
AstronauticsNANOSATELLITE SENSOR ARRAY AND ON-SCREEN VIDEO TELEMETRY SYSTEM
Telecommunications: Project HERMES, the first Internet-to-Orbit gateway
Cybernetics: The HIPERION Reactive Alert Network: A nation-wide information system for providing real time information about current UV index.
Astronautics: The Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program: A 10 year low cost civilian space exploration and research program aimed to provide academic institutions with low cost access to space research facilities, based on the use of commercially available launching systems and in house developed technology.
Astronautics:
The Young researcher Microgravity Training Program YMTP: A training program aimed to provide young researchers with the endurance, capabilities and methods that enable them to perform scientific research in microgravity parabolic flights.
Aeronautics:
The Multivectorial Gravimetric Computing Platform: A information system capable to compute in real time the needed in-flight vector elements for a plane to trace the near-perfect parabolic flight path to induce a reduced gravity environment for a predefined time.
Aeronautics: Aerospace Mission Planning: The planning and information flow for parabolic flight scientific research missions
Astronautics:
ESAA-01: The planning of a low cost suborbital space research manned mission
Astrobiology: The universal laws of life: how the laws of complexity rule the physics, chemistry and mathematics of the complex autocatalytic open systems.
Astrobiology:
Complex Autocatalytic Open Systems: a cybernetics description of life.

The full list of his scientific work can be found here

NON TECHNICAL ARTICLES PUBLISHED:

LAS FUERZAS ARMADAS EN APOYO AL DESARROLLO DEL ECUADOR - NATIONAL WAR INSTITUTE MAG. 2008 ISSUE - spanish
MY ROAD TO THE STARS - ECUADORIAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE , 2008 ISSUE - english
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