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Space X Leader to Speak at CSBR Luncheon

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 14, 2003) — The Space Foundation and Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) are pleased to announce that Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), will be the featured speaker at the CSBR Luncheon at the 19th National Space Symposium. The luncheon will take place on Wednesday, April 9 from 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. in The Broadmoor Hotel’s main ballroom. Widely regarded as the premier conference for space professionals anywhere in the world today, the National Space Symposium is the only space-related conference to fully integrate all sectors of space – commercial, civil and national security – while attracting the most important and influential speakers and the national leadership of the space industry. The 19th National Space Symposium runs April 7-10 at The Broadmoor Hotel. To register for the luncheon or get more information on the symposium, call the Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000 or visit SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles to substantially reduce the cost of reliable access to space. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is building their first launch vehicle named Falcon. The Falcon is a two-stage, liquid oxygen and kerosene powered rocket capable of placing half a ton into low Earth orbit. “The fact that Space X is building rockets to launch satellites and research payloads weighing up to 1,000 pounds for less than one-third the cost of existing launch vehicles can possibly be of interest to the Colorado space community,” said Linda Strine, chair of the CSBR. Before SpaceX, Musk co-founded PayPal, the world’s leading electronic payment system that has over 20 million customers in 38 countries. In October 2002, eBay acquired PayPal for $1.5 billion. Musk also established the Musk Foundation, which supports philanthropic objectives in education, clean & renewable energy and medical research. He earned a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton College. The 19th National Space Symposium’s opening ceremony is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation; the exhibit center is sponsored by The Boeing Company; the media center and Space Career Fair for College Students Luncheon are both sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation; the 15th Anniversary Space Technology Hall of Fame Awards Dinner is co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the Corporate Partnership Dinner is co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; and the cyberspace center is sponsored by Oracle Corporation. Additional sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., BAE Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, General Dynamics, Harris Corporation, Holland and Hart, Infinite Links, Iridium, ITT Industries, ManTech, MicroSat Systems, Inc., Penwal Industries, Red Canyon Software, Inc., Space News/, SpaceVest, Stellar Solutions and Veridian. The CSBR is a non-profit organization which promotes and encourages the growth of space and space related high technology in the state of Colorado and provides a forum for the exchange of vital business-building information and opportunities. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation and its partnering organizations will conduct the American Space Showcase at the Paris Air Show, June 15-22, 2003; and the International Space Symposium, Oct. 28-30, 2003, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Space Foundation visit