24 August 2016 Press releases

Elon Musk To Be Special Keynote Speaker at IAC 2016

Press Release

Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The 67th International Astronautical Congress will welcome Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, as a special keynote speaker. This year's IAC will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, September 26-30. Musk will speak on the second day of the Congress, during a special keynote entitled "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species". The talk will feature a discussion of long-term technical challenges that must be solved in order to create a permanent and self-sustaining human colony on Mars. The technical presentation will focus on potential architectures for colonizing the Red Planet that industry, government and the scientific community can collaborate on in the years ahead.

Elon Musk is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI and a founder of a number of other companies.

The International Astronautical Congress is an annual event held by the International Astronautical Federation, the International Academy of Astronautics and International Institute of Space Law. Registration for this year's IAC is still open; more information is available here.

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