Rick founded and managed the aerospace engineering company AeroAstro. Along with his published books Rick has also taught aerospace engineering as an Adjunct Professor.

Rick has traveled extensively and lived throughout the World including suburban Washington, DC, Manhattan, Charlestown, RI, Rome, Tokyo and Gold Coast Australia.

Rick now lives in Rome and Charlestown. He is a professor of design and aerospace engineering at The University of Rome La Sapienza and Brown University. Rick is also a founder and executive at the space information service Space-Point.eu.