Mars City State Update: The Final Stretch

Two Short Months The Windy City Settlers first came together less than two months ago, but have achieved so much in a short amount of time. The team has created a system of Marciane laws and drafted a Mars Treaty that allows Mars to develop as an independent entity, free from any nation on Earth. The city-state now spans across the surface of Mars and in orbital satellites, both natural and artificial, connected by a robust network…

Continue reading

Event May 2 & 3, 2020: Mars City State Competition Workshop

NewSpace Chicago is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a team to enter this year’s Mars City State Competition hosted by the Mars Society. We will kick-off our team with a two-day virtual workshop, to be held on the weekend of May 2 and May 3. If you are interested, complete this registration form linked below: NewSpace Chicago Mars City State Workshop Registration Additional Information The Mars City State Competition is an international…

Continue reading

Event Tues 3/10: Satellite Mega Constellations

Mega satellite constellations will change the way businesses and governments operate both in space and on the ground. NewSpace Chicago has assembled a panel to discuss the incredible opportunities and risks associated with mega satellite constellations.  Building and operating mega-constellations is a massive undertaking, but they can have a wide variety of applications to serve consumers, businesses, and governments. Those who dare to chase after mega-constellations face significant challenges and risks. These range from the…

Continue reading

Event Tue 02/11: NearSpace Launch’s Journey to 400+ Systems in Orbit

NewSpace Chicago welcomes Matt Voss of NearSpace Launch Inc. NSL has flown 400+ systems in the past five years, with 100% mission success for all commercial and research missions. NSL manufactures and produces ThinSats, CubeSats, Black Boxes, and Globalstar enabled communication systems (EyeStar radios) for a variety of commercial, governmental, and educational applications.  NSL was founded following the successful mission of TSAT with Globalstar. The mission proved one could effectively connect 24/7 to an NSL…

Continue reading

Event Thu 12/12: The Future of Satellite-Based Internet

RSVP: Sign up through EventBrite.com Satellites have been communicating with the Earth ever since the launch of Sputnik in 1957. Telecommunications capabilities have been the bedrock of the satellite industry with broadband services representing a ~$2.4b market in 2018.  Many private space companies such as SpaceX, OneWeb, and O3b are currently developing, launching, and operating constellations of satellites providing internet to consumer and industrial users. With many of these companies announcing plans to scale up…

Continue reading

Event Thu 11/14: NASA iTech Ignite the Night CHICAGO

UPDATE: the deadline for submitting your idea to Ignite the Night CHICAGO has been extended to Monday, November 4th! Are you an entrepreneur developing a technology that is addressing a real-world problem? Have you thought about how that technology may also be a potential solution for some of NASA’s challenges?  NewSpace Chicago, in collaboration with NASA iTech, presents a very special opportunity for you to pitch your idea to NASA at Ignite the Night CHICAGO!  …

Continue reading

Event Thu 10/10: The Coming Economy of Space Resources

In 2012, Planetary Resources was announced as the first asteroid mining company, followed shortly thereafter by the announcement of Deep Space Industries. Both companies had high profile investors and big plans to mine asteroids for water, metals and other minerals and spark a new gold rush in space. Six years later, both companies were struggling and wound up being sold to acquirers having nothing to do with space resources. What is the reality of extracting…

Continue reading

Investing in the New Space Race

  Register Now Use Function Ticket NewSpace Chicago is excited to help pass on the word about an upcoming event hosted by the CFA Society Chicago.  The CFA Society Chicago is one of the oldest investment analyst groups in the United States, and they’re hosting “Investing in the New Space Race.” The focus on Mars and the Asteroid Belt feels similar to the first space race, but the race to build constellations of cheap, low…

Continue reading

Event Tue 9/10: Stofiel Aerospace 3D Printed Rockets to Orbit

Save the date for the first event of our Fall Speaker series, with Alex Smith, COO of Stofiel Aerospace. With rockets that are 3D printed and scalable to payloads, Stofiel offers a practical, cost effective option for the on-demand launches of small satellite payloads. Last time Stofiel Aerospace came to NewSpace Chicago, we were treated to a test firing of their 3D-printed solid fuel rocket engine in the parking lot! This time we look forward…

Continue reading

Event Thu 6/13: 4th Planet Logistics

Join us for a discussion with noted explorer, adventurer and CEO of 4th Planet Logistics, Michael Chalmer Dunn. His company is developing technologies for creating habitats from naturally occurring terrestrial lava tubes analogous to the Moon and Mars in order to allow humans to find a new home in the future. Michael will discuss the history and validation for using subterranean location as a practical and cost effective approach to the establishment of continuously crewed…

Continue reading