The Space Foundation announced today that Elon Musk, chairman and chief executive officer, Space Exploration Technologies, will speak at the 22nd National Space Symposium. Musk will address attendees Wednesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. The most senior leaders from civil, commercial, and national security space organizations attend the conference, which takes place April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

Musk founded SpaceX in 2002 to develop a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space. Musk was a co-founder of PayPal, and his early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries. He earned a Physics Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Business Degree from Wharton.

The focus on commercial space will continue when Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and chief executive officer, Zero-Gravity Corporation, and chairman and chief executive officer, X PRIZE Foundation, speaks at 2:45 p.m.

Additional featured speakers are The Honorable Maria Cino, deputy secretary, United States Department of Transportation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator, The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin; The Honorable Dr. Ronald M. Sega, under secretary of the Air Force; The Honorable Shana L. Dale, deputy administrator, NASA; Lt Gen Frank G. Klotz, USAF, commander, Air Force Space Command; The Honorable Ken Calvert, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Mark Udall, United States House of Representatives; The Honorable Marion C. Blakey, administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; Lt Gen C. Robert Kehler, USAF, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Mr. LUO Ge, vice administrator, China National Space Administration (CNSA); and Mr. Kaoru Mamiya, vice president, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Highlights of the conference include the opening ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the opening night reception, co-sponsored by ITT; the opening night fireworks and dessert reception, co-sponsored by General Dynamics; the Corporate Partnership reception, co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce; the Corporate Partnership dinner, co-sponsored by Raytheon Company; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award luncheon, co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Coalition; the Space Technology Hall of Fame reception, co-sponsored by United Space Alliance; the Space Technology Hall of Fame dinner, co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; and the largest ever Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center.

Additional co-sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., ASRC Federal, ATK, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Cisco Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, CSP Associates, Inc., Florida Space Authority, Harris Corporation, Honeywell, Inmarsat, Integral Systems, MTC Technologies, The New York Times, Nortel Government Solutions, Space News, Space Systems/Loral, SpaceVest, Spherical Magic, Stellar Solutions, Sterling Computers, and Swales Aerospace.

An updated program agenda, confirmed speaker list, exhibitor list, complete list of sponsors, and secure registration can be found online at

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Inside Aerospace, April 24-25, 2006; Strategic Space and Defense, 10-12 Oct. 2006, in Omaha, Neb.; and Florida Space, Dec. 5-7, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit