Peter Diamandis is the chairman of the X Prize Foundation, an organization dedicated to opening the space frontier to average people. His foundation is best known for offering the Ansari X Prize for private-sector manned spaceflight, a prize that was won in 2004 by the creators of SpaceShipOne, the world's first non-government piloted spacecraft. More recently, Diamandis has created the Rocket Racing League to spur development in aviation and spacecraft design.
Besides serving as chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Diamandis is also the CEO and co-founder of Zero Gravity Corporation, which offers parabolic weightless flights to the general public.
Diamandis is considered a key figure in the develoment of the private space industry, having created many space-related businesses or organizations. Besides his X Prize and Zero-Gravity work, Diamandis also:
Diamandis received undergraduate and graduate degrees in aerospace engineering from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
According to his biography on the Zero-Gravity website ,
Dr. Diamandis...has received a number of awards including MIT's Kresge Award, the 1986 Space Industrialization Fellowship, the 1988 Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurel, the 1993 Space Frontier Pioneer Award, and the Russian 1995 K. E. Tsiolkovsky Award.
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