Named by Space News as one of the world's top ``Visionaries'' and one of the hundred most influential people in the space movement, Rick is a Texan and was a protege of Gerard K. O'Neill at the Space Studies Institute, founder of the Space Frontier Foundation (whose first $50 came from the Heinleins), a founding trustee of the X Prize and a lead witness 6 times at House and Senate hearings on the future of NASA, the U.S. space program and space tourism. Rick helped create or find funding for many NewSpace firms and projects and ran the $25 million Foundation for the International Non-governmental Development of Space (FINDS). He co-founded LunaCorp, which produced the first commercial to be shot in space, signed up Dennis Tito as the first commercial space flight participant and led the team which leased the Russian Mir space station for a year (the world's first commercial space facility.) He helped kick-start the Lunar Prospector project which discovered water on the Moon, was a member of the Air Force's DC-X single stage rocket team, produced the first paid political announcement for space, was the Sci Fi channel's founding space expert, and did the core media used to fund the International Space University, the X-33 and other projects. Rick was one of only 20 outsiders invited by the White House to witness President Bush's announcement of his space exploration initiative to return to the Moon and go to Mars.
Co-founder, Space Frontier Foundation, Orbital Outfitters