By Jim Plouffe
After weeks of rumours it has been confirmed that SpaceX boss Elon Musk will speak at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide at the end of September.
The tech billionaire hinted at revealing his latest Mars plans in Adelaide when speaking at the International Space Station Conference in Washington DC two weeks ago.
According to IAC organisers Elon has since been locked in to speak to delegates on the final afternoon of the congress on September 29.
Elon has plans to develop technologies that would help colonise Mars.
IAC 2017 CEO Brett Biddington AM said Elon will speak for an hour, including a Q&A session and the talk would be live-streamed on social media.
Biddington said Elon’s decision to update the global space community about his plans to colonise Mars would be welcomed by delegates to IAC 2017.
“Younger people especially are inspired by Musk’s innovation and entrepreneurship and the opportunity to hear of his plans first hand is a rare privilege,” Biddington said.
Although the final day of the congress is open to the public, only registered delegates will be eligible to attend Musk’s talk in person.
The 68th International Astronautical Congress will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia from 25-29 September and is set to attract around 3500 international and local delegates, including the world’s leading space agencies.
The South Australian government is developing a space industry and has enlisted 11 local space start-ups, including Myriota, Fleet Space Technologies, Neumann Space and Inovor Technologies, to increase their footprint in the multi-billion-dollar global space industry.
Elon visited Adelaide earlier this month to announce the partnership between his company Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen for the 100MW/129MWh battery at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm in the state’s Mid North.