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Elon Musk
CEO, SpaceX

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image Elon Musk is CEO and CTO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), which he founded in 2002. SpaceX develops launch vehicles and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and beyond. Last year, SpaceX won the NASA competition to design, build and demonstrate operation of a commercial replacement for the Space Shuttle, which retires in 2010.
Prior to SpaceX, Mr. Musk co-founded PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and served as the company's chairman and CEO. PayPal currently has over one hundred million customers in 190 countries, processes tens of billion dollars per year and went public on NASDAQ in early 2002. Mr. Musk was the largest shareholder of PayPal until the company was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in mid 2002. Before PayPal, Mr. Musk co-founded Zip2 Corp., a provider of Internet software to the media industry, with investments from The New York Times Company, Knight-Ridder, MDV, Softbank and Hearst. He served as chairman, CEO and CTO. In early 1999, Zip2 was sold to Compaq for over $300 million in an all cash transaction.

In addition to his current day to day role at SpaceX, Mr. Musk is also chairman and the primary investor in Tesla Motors and SolarCity, where he plays a significant role in their strategic direction and product development. Both companies are intended to help address CO2 driven climate change.

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Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories
California Institute of Technology
Northrop Grumman Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Conference Chairs

Jean-Lou Chameau
President, California Institute of Technology
Alexis Livanos
President, Northrop Grumman Space Technology
Charles Elachi
Director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Conference Organizers
Ares Rosakis
Director GALCIT, California Institute of Technology
Dwight Streit
Vice President, Foundation Technologies Northrop Grumman Space Technology


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