Visionary | Revolutionary | Founder | Speaker | Writer
“A tour de force of oratory!”
John Gordon, Director – The How to Academy, London
“The Best opening keynote I have ever seen!”
Antony Benham – Chairman, The Mining Show Conference, Dubai
Welcome to the Revolution!
Called one of the top space “Visionaries” on the planet, Rick is also considered to be a “Godfather” of the Space Revolution of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and a new generation of space pioneers. From leading a team that took over the Mir Space station for a year to selling the first ticket for a private citizen to fly to the International Space Station and helping start the search for water ice on the Moon, Rick has helped set the course for our breakout into space. He helped coin the term “NewSpace,” founded the Venture Capital firm SpaceFund Inc., the activist Space Frontier Foundation, and his current not for profit, the thought leading EarthLight Foundation. His ideas and projects helped create the framework for the current move to open the High Frontier. He’s testified 6 times in front of the US Congress, and works with groups as diverse as Space Force and UN teams working to establish the rules for humans to live in space. (He also hosts the New Worlds Conference and the Space Cowboy Ball in Austin, Texas.)
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Documentaries Featuring Rick
Rick has been a part of the history of the NewSpace Revolution. From his working for the space hero and Godfather of the Revolution Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, as described in “The High Frontier,” to helping lead that revolution – for example heading the private take over of the Russian Mir Space Station featured in the “Orphans of Apollo” he has been front and center in making history happen.
The Foundation was the first organization to take a stand against the old aerospace establishment and for opening the Frontier to everyone. It kick started the space revolution you see today, including coining the term “NewSpace”. It was the first organization to take on the NASA/aerospace establishment and laid the groundwork for private citizens and the private sector to take their place in the opening of space. Without the Foundation, there might not be a SpaceX and many of the other companies working to create a space economy. In 2021 Jeff Bezos awarded it with a $1 million dollar grant for its work on advocacy and inclusion in space.
One of the only Space Only VC funds in the world. Over $20 Million invested in 19 space companies.
Nobody stays ’til somebody pays. Rick Founded SpaceFund to engage Visionary investors with brilliant space entrepreneurs. “Reusable/regular space access, government support for private space development, and adoption of space as part of the terrestrial economy are creating a Space Industrial Revolution. SpaceFund focuses on culturally impactful, innovative, frontier enabling start ups beyond satellites and rockets, including in-space transport, communications, supply chain, energy and human factors.”
The light of Earth is unique in the universe. EarthLight is a not for profit that stands for humanity to save the planet and begin our expansion into space. ELF focuses on the higher level messages, concepts, culture of creating human communities in space.
This year ELF will be pushing for macro-space solutions to global warming, such as the EarthShade concept. ELF also supports other projects such as the New Worlds Conference as well as the Space Cowboy Ball, a “must attend” awards, costume and dance party in Austin.
New Worlds Conference
Rick started the New Worlds Conference to create a credible renaissance event as a “tribal campfire” for those serious about opening the High Frontier of space. NW features a space business plan competition, papers and discussions on the tech and engineering needed to live in space, as well as space art, culture and social issues.
The Space Cowboy Ball
Rick created the Space Cowboy Ball to honor the heroes opening the frontier and those inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars. A barbecue banquet, awards ceremony, costume ball and dance party/rave, the Ball has quickly become a must attend event for the “cool kids” of the space movement. Awards have gone to the best space educators, films and TV and leaders such as Jeff Bezos, Buzz Aldrin and others.
The EarthLight Endowment is a new start under ELF. Designed as a permanent fund to help under represented groups enter the space field. This new project is in its early stages, and we are looking for Visionary donors to help us launch an ever flowing source of help for those working on the Frontier.
Declaration for the Rights and Responsibilities of Humanity in the Universe
The Declaration is designed to establish First Principles that go beyond treaties, laws and policies to guarantee the rights of people in space – as well as their responsibilities.