Dr. Richard Obousy

Dr. Richard Obousy

Director, Co-Founder, Project Icarus Senior Designer, XP4 Researcher

Dr. Richard K. Obousy (Ph.D (Physics) Baylor University 2008), is a Director for Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit research foundation dedicated to researching technologies that will enable breakthroughs in interstellar travel. He served as President of Icarus Interstellar for a two year term between 2011 and 2013. He is also a regular guest contributor for Discovery Space News. Dr. Obousy completed his Ph.D in theoretical physics in 2008, with a dissertation titled “Investigation into Compactified Dimensions: Casimir Energies and Phenomenological Aspects“, which was largely focused on understanding the nature of the vacuum of quantum field theory. Prior to studying for his Ph.D, Dr. Obousy worked for the UK Defense Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) as a radar physicist. He successfully organized an award-winning polarimetric radar experiment in Hawaii in 2001. He was recently a chapter contributor for the book “Going Interstellar”, edited by Jack McDevitt and Les Johnson (Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center).

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (from over 15) include:

Education University of Leicester Physics M.Phys 1999 Baylor University Physics Ph.D 2008


  • 2011 – President of Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit research corporation
  • 2010 – Project Leader of Project Icarus
  • 2010 – Adjunct Professor ITT Technical Institute
  • 2010 – Adjunct Professor Houston Community College
  • 2008 – Primary Propulsion Lead for Project Icarus
  • 2008 – President Richard Obousy Consulting LLC
  • 2008 – Founder and General Manager CitizenShipper LLC
  • 2002 – 2008 Ph.D Physics Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Baylor University
  • 1999-2002 – Research Scientist, UK Defense Evaluation and Research Agency

Selected Media Appearances

  • Appeared on the History Channels show The Universe, for an episode titled “UFO’s – The Real Deal“.
  • Appeared on the History Channels show The Universe, for an episode titled “Time Travel” (August 2010).
  • Interviewed by the BBC world service on issues relating to interstellar travel (August 2011).
  • Guest speaker on David Livingstone’s The Space Show (May 2011).
  • Guest speaker on Seth Shostak’s (SETI) weekly radio show in an episode called Fuel’s Paradise (Apr 2011).
  • Guest speaker in Going to The Stars Independent filmmaker documentary (2009).

 Selected Popular Science Articles


Other Notable Accomplishments

  • Cofounder of Project Icarus
  • Cofounder and President of Icarus Interstellar Inc.
  • Founder and Manager of CitizenShipper LLC
  • Founder and CEO of Richard Obousy Consulting LLC
  • Chairman of Public Outreach Committee for Icarus Interstellar
  • Deputy Chairman of Business Development Committee for Icarus Interstellar
  • Project Leader for Casimir Energy Research Group for Icarus Interstellar
  • Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society
  • Collaborator on Enzmann Starship Research Project
  • Producer and presenter of online mini-documentary on interstellar travel called Interstellar Journey


  • Member of British Interplanetary Society Technical Committee
  • Member of The Mars Society
  • Practitioner of the Tau Zero Foundation
  • Member of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Graduate Advisor Professor Gerald Cleaver, Associate Professor of Physics, Baylor University (September 2002 to April 2011).

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