Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA)
Space Agency and Office • Member since 2008
EXA is the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency, founded on 1 November 2007 in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a civilian independent organism in charge of the administration and execution of the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Programme, conduct scientific research on planetary and space sciences and to push forward de development of science in the educational system in the country.
EXA is the first space agency in the history of Ecuador, it has its own astronaut, the ASA/T Ronnie Nader, who is the Director of the Space Operations Division and is also the Honorary Chairman of the Directorate Board of EXA. His state of service is active, his position is of Mission Specialist and his function is Mission Commander.
EXA is backed up by the Ecuadorian State through the Ecuadorian Air Force with whom EXA maintains a close relationship, not only of work for the benefit of Ecuador, but also of mutual respect and friendship.
In less than a year of existence, EXA has achieved key goals and historical milestones for Ecuador: The first Latin-American microgravity plane, developed with its own science and technology alongside the Ecuadorian Air Force, the Guinness World Record for the youngest human being ever to fly in microgravity, the RIM-G, a system allowing almost any person to fly microgravity without being sick, opening the door for thousands of Ecuadorians to the marvels of 0G and to a new set of research opportunities. EXA jointly operates with the Ecuadorian Air Force the Ecuadorian Micro Gravity flight Program EXA manages and executes the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program planned initially for 10 years of duration and 3 phases of manned and unmanned space flights, including the first Ecuadorian astronaut in space, the first Ecuadorian satellite and a manned landing in the moon.