National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award

Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter Diamandis | 2005

Dr. Peter Diamandis is a pioneer and leader in the commercial space arena. Dr. Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (, which recently awarded a $10,000,000 prize for private spaceflight. He is also the CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation ( a commercial space company that offers FAA-certified weightless flights utilizing a specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft. Peter is a Founder and Trustee of the International Space University (ISU) where he served as the University’s first Managing Director. He is also co-Founder of Space Adventures, the company which brokered Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth’s flight to the International Space Station. Dr. Diamandis is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Medical School and the winner of the Konstantine Tsiolkovsky Award, the Aviation & Space Technology Laurel, and the 2003 World Technology Award for Space. In 8th grade, while living in New York, Dr. Diamandis won first place in the Estes rocket design contest.