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CMA Presents "Revolutionizing the Cost and Reliability of Access to Space"

Tuesday, March 1, 2005
4:45pm to 6:00pm
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JPL, von Karman Auditorium
Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX),

Have you read about SpaceX and wondered if it is viable? Now is your chance to hear and talk with its founder, Elon Musk, as he prepares to start his second technology revolution. Join us as he discusses the history and future of the Falcon family of launch vehicles and how they could transform robotic and eventually manned space exploration.

Substantial reliability increases and cost reductions through the principles of simplicity and true reusability have driven the design of the SpaceX family of launch vehicles. Shortly, Mr. Musk and his company will be put to the test: launching a payload into low Earth orbit.

SpaceX is the third company founded by Mr. Musk. Prior to SpaceX, he cofounded PayPal, the world's leading electronic payment verification system, and served as the company's chairman and CEO. Before PayPal, Mr. Musk cofounded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry.

Mr. Musk's early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries, from high-energy, high-density ultracapacitors at Pinnacle Research to software development at Rocket Science and Microsoft. He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton. Mr. Musk originally moved to California to pursue graduate studies in energy physics at Stanford University.

This free event is open to members of the Caltech Campus and JPL communities. Information: (818) 354-6689 or [email protected].

For more information, please contact Steve Matousek by phone at 818-354-6689 or by email at [email protected].