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Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer from SpaceX will present at the Royal Aeroanutical Society on Friday 16th November. 

SpaceX Founder, CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has a vision for the future of SpaceX: to play a pivotal role in helping to make life multi-planetary. He reflects on this and near term plans for SpaceX, and provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on SpaceX’s most recent achievements, including the May 2012 mission that saw the Dragon spacecraft become the first commercial vehicle to successfully visit the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth.


Elon Musk is the CEO and Product Architect of Tesla Motors and the CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). 

At SpaceX, Elon is the chief designer, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets.  In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retired in 2011.  The SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit. In 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company to successfully recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit with its Dragon spacecraft. In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.

At Tesla, Elon has overseen product development and design from the beginning, including the all electric Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X.  Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy, in which electric vehicles play a pivotal role, has been one of his central interests for almost two decades, stemming from his time as a physics student working on ultracapacitors in Silicon Valley.

In addition, Elon is the non-executive chairman and principal shareholder of SolarCity, which he helped create.  SolarCity is now the leading provider of solar power systems in the United States.

Prior to SpaceX, Elon co-founded PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system, and served as the company's Chairman and CEO.  Before PayPal, Mr. Musk co-founded Zip2, a provider of Internet software to the media industry.

He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a business degree from Wharton.


Event venue:
Royal Aeronautical Society

No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ


When:Friday, 16 November 2012 18:00 - 19:00

Type:HQ Lecture

Specialist Grp:Space

Speaker(s):Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer, SpaceX

Location:Royal Aeronautical Society view map

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