Event Thu 9/6: The State of the Nanosatellite Industry

Nanosatellites have become a revolution in the satellite business because they are cost-effective, can be delivered faster, technology is improving rapidly, and they leverage advanced commercial off the shelf technologies. Typically not much larger than the size of a shoebox, nanosatellites can pack an amazing amount of functionality into a small space.

The market for nanosatellite missions is growing rapidly and is rapidly moving from one-off and custom development to commodity hardware and productized services. They allow many institutions access to space who formerly could not even consider going to space and provide a low-risk, cost-effective opportunity to harness the value of space. Immediate benefits include acquisition of Earth observation and remote sensing data, access to zero gravity and hard vacuum environments, unlimited solar energy, and space-scalable solutions. David Hurst, CEO of Orbital Transports and Executive Director of NewSpace Chicago, will present on the latest developments in this exciting and fast-moving industry.

David has been a technology entrepreneur for most of his career, having founded multiple successful technology companies. He has over 30 years of experience as a software engineer, managing software development teams, developing complex systems and delivering products. He has consulted with venture capital firms and advanced technology start-ups, performing technical due diligence and business strategy assessments. In 2013, he left the IT industry to follow his passion for space exploration. David founded Orbital Transports to develop the space logistics and orbital infrastructure technologies needed for the emerging space resources economy, and ultimately to support human settlement of the Solar System. As an advocate of space-related and space-scalable businesses, he founded the NewSpace Chicago community of space entrepreneurs and others engaged in building commercial space ventures in Chicago.

This is part of a continuing series of space entrepreneurship discussion and networking forums presented by NewSpace Chicago and hosted at mHUB Chicago.

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: mHUB Chicago event space
Location: 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL (Get Directions)

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Free parking available in the mHUB parking lot after 5:30pm.

Requested donation for this event is $5. NewSpace Chicago is a registered Illinois 501(c)(3) organization.  Your tax-deductible donation helps support the entrepreneurial space industry in Chicago.

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