Regional Roundup: Chicago aims to be space travel hub

NewSpace Chicago mentioned on STARTLAND:

SpaceX may be the company people think of when it comes to finally plunking a flag into the red soil of Mars, but a Chicagoan David Hurst has other ideas.

The serial entrepreneur has sky-high plans to help area startups get in on the ground floor of the “next trillion dollar industry.” Hurst aims to make Chicago a thriving hub for space innovation, beginning with the founding of Orbital Transports — a space tech design and engineering firm — and the non-profit NewSpace Chicago.

Hurst already has onboarded a startup that is currently flight-testing recreational space transport and a company working on space solar panels.

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