NewSpace Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to growing the space industry in Chicago and the Midwest. We are an open community of space entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, students and others who are creating private companies to develop outer space. We host networking events and programs supporting space entrepreneurship, mentorship, networking, career development, and business development opportunities. We want to promote Chicago and the Midwest as a center of excellence for new commercial space, space-related, or space-scalable ventures. Join us. Join the future!
Space Meets Blockchain: Unraveling the New Frontiers
Prepare for a transformative experience where distributed ledger technologies collide with the endless possibilities of space commercialization. This exciting discussion will unearth the groundbreaking intersections of two industries pushing the boundaries of innovation.
Event Wed 3/28: The NewSpace Ecosystem in Chicago
Join us for an exclusive evening with four leading experts in the NewSpace industry. This is an unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments, trends and innovations from the people at the forefront of this rapidly growing industry. The event will feature a series of fireside chats with these leaders, who will share insights and perspectives on their work, and discuss the exciting future of NewSpace. Whether you're a student, a seasoned industry professional, or just curious about the future of space commercialization, this event is not to be missed.
Event Wed 2/8: The Future of the Space Industry in Chicago
Join industry leaders, experts, professionals, and others for NewSpace Chicago’s return to in-person events with the first in a series of fireside chats with leaders from Chicago space companies as they discuss the NewSpace industry and its exciting future.
CONFERS Global Satellite Servicing Forum (GSSF) Trip Report
GSSF is the premier event for the on-orbit servicing and in-space assembly and manufacturing (ISAM) community and featured leading commercial and government satellite operators, satellite manufacturers, satellite servicing providers, policy leaders, and financial and insurance experts from around the world. Speakers and panelists discussed growth in the satellite servicing industry, promising new opportunities in satellite servicing, the need for standards and regulation, current practices, and results from operational experiences.
Scientific Assembly of the Committee of Space Research (COSPAR) Trip Report
COSPAR and IAC represent two of the most significant international space conferences in 2022. In July, I attended the 44th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) (https://cosparhq.cnes.fr/) in Athens, Greece. In mid-September, I will also attend the International Astronomical Conference hosted by the International Astronomical Federation (IAF) in Paris, France.
The (Near) Future of Commercialized Space Stations
The next chapter in orbital human spaceflight will be on next generation commercial space stations. Private companies like Axiom are planning on replacing the ISS with their own designed and manufactured space stations. Axiom’s plan is to send their own station modules into low earth orbit and attach them to the ISS for the time being and quickly accumulate their modules to form the Axiom Station while being hosted by the ISS. At the time of the ISS’s retirement, the Axiom Station is to disembark and exist on it’s own to provide a variety of services, some that the ISS lacked.
International Astronautical Conference Trip Report
Last month, I had the honor of attending the annual International Astronautical Conference in Dubai on behalf of Mudd Law (an NewSpace Chicago Member Company), as our law firm became an official member of the International Astronautical Federation (https://www.iafastro.org/).
Event Tue 10/19: Separating Great Space Investments from Space Junk
Our October event will feature Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, the Chicago headquartered venture firm which recently closed its $140 million Space Fund, dedicated to investments in early stage commercial space opportunities around the...