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X PRIZE Architect to Speak at Mars Society Conference

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Jul 5, 2005 4:14 pm
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Dr. Peter Diamandis, the founder of the X-Prize competition which resulted in the creation of Burt Rutan’s SpaceshipOne, the first privately developed piloted spacecraft, will give a plenary talk at the 8th International Mars Society Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder August 11-14th, 2005. Registration for the conference is now open at www.marssociety.org.

A brief biography of Peter Diamandis follows.

Dr. Peter Diamandis is a pioneer and leader in the commercial space arena. He is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), which awarded a $10,000,000 prize for private spaceflight won in October 2004 by Burt Rutan’s SpaceShipOne. Dr. Diamandis is also the CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation (www.nogravity.com) a commercial space company that offers FAA-certified weightless flights utilizing a specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft.

Peter is a Founder and Trustee of the International Space University (www.isunet.edu) where he served as the University’s first Managing Director. He is also co-Founder and Director of Space Adventures (www.spaceadventures.com), the company which brokered Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth’s flight to the International Space Station. Diamandis also founded Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (www.seds.edu) the world’s large student space organization.

Dr. Diamandis received an undergraduate and graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He has won numerous awards including the Konstantine Tsiolkovsky Award, the Aviation & Space Technology Laurel, and the 2003 World Technology Award for Space.

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