Mr. Richard (Rick) Verbus is the Associate Director of Commercial Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) Destinations. Rick is leading USRA’s efforts to support establishment of a private sector driven LEO economy. Throughout his career, Rick managed a number of space experiment projects including early development of the International Space Station Fluids and Combustion Integrated Racks. Rick recently led engineering requirements development for a series of Spacecraft Fire Safety (SAFFIRE) experiments. SAFFIRE provided valuable information that will be used in future spacecraft designs to prevent, detect, and suppress fires.