Ron is a retired NASA astronaut who has traveled 71,075,867 miles in 2,842 orbits of our planet for more than 178 days in space and 27 hours and 3 minutes of EVA during four spacewalks. He is a highly decorated Combat Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot, Explorer, Artist, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian who believes that appropriately designed and targeted social enterprise can solve many of the problems facing our world. He is currently the SVP: Mission Operations and Chief Pilot for World View Inc., a pioneering high altitude and space company bringing communications technology, sensors and passengers to the edge of space.
Ron’s last NASA assignment was in NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative, which seeks to increase openness, transparency, collaboration, and innovation within the government. In this capacity, Ron has been involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs.
Ron is also a frequent guest on internationally syndicated news programs including CNN, Fox, and ABC and has hosted shows with the BBC. He has written extensively on a variety of current topics in numerous publications including USA Today, Newsweek, The International Business Times, and many others.
Ron is the author of the highly acclaimed book The Orbital Perspective. Hailed by Time Magazine as “the most important tale ever told from space” and Space.com proclaimed it as one of the best space books of all time.
Ron routinely books speaking engagements to audiences in the thousands at high profile venues around the world including TED-Global, the Global Citizen Festival, Google Zeitgeist, the United Nations and many more.
Leadership & Risk Management
Finding Unity in Divisive Times
Embracing Change & Technology
Innovation & Planetary Stewardship
FUTURE IS YOURS
THE ORBITAL PERSPECTIVE
"Ron is an extremely compelling speaker who masterfully blends his diverse professional experience and experience as an ambassador for the social business movement into a message that has left a profound positive impact on countless individuals and organizations. Using stunning imagery and compelling dialog, Ron puts the issues and challenges facing all organizations into a whole new perspective – an orbital perspective. We recommend Ron as an inspirational speaker at all our conferences and to our corporate clients."
Founder & Managing Director, Grameen Creative Lab