Event Thu 10/12: “Space Crazies” NASA 2017 Film Festival submission screening and discussion

Media and creative content company FRC submitted an entry to the NASA 2017 Film Festival called “Space Crazies”. The film highlights Chicago and two leaders of NewSpace Chicago: David Hurst, CEO of Orbital Transports, and Capt. David C. Koch, CEO of Air Chicago. Here is an abstract for the entry: Space has the power to touch humans in untold ways and for some, it makes them crazy.  I learned that my creativity was grounded until…

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Event Thu 9/14: Envisioning New Realities: The intersection of fashion and aerospace tech

Fashion and Aerospace have been partners since the first Space Age. Their historical achievements have paved the way for a robust textile industry that serves both our needs on Earth and our Space endeavors. In addition, Space can be a hostile environment both physically and psychologically and fashion has a role to play in both. It brings forth the material science to protect humans from harmful radiation as well as flexibility to enable mobility to…

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Event Thu 6/15: Crowdfunding Your Space Startup

Raising funds for a start-up that plans to operate in outer space can be a challenging task.  Crowdfunding leverages the power of your network to gather support for new ventures, both financially and otherwise.  Several NewSpace companies have successfully used crowdfunding campaigns to launch their operations.  For this event, we’ve gathered together a panel of crowdfunding experts to discuss the different types of crowdfunding, the pros and cons of each approach, successful approaches for launching…

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Event Thu 5/11: MicroLink Devices and High Efficiency Solar Cells

Join us for a discussion with Glen Hillier about the exciting solar cell technology he is developing at MicroLink Devices.  His company is a materials R&D and semiconductor production business based in Niles IL, a north-west suburb of Chicago.   The company is currently focused on their Epitaxial Lift-Off (ELO) Inverted Meta-Morphic (IMM) solar cells.  These flexible high-efficiency and high-specific-power solar cells are currently being deployed on Airbus Defense’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) aircraft. …

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Event Thu 4/13: Emerging Opportunities in Commercial Space -or- Forward… into the Past!

A number of exciting activities are being pursued by companies and entrepreneurs in the commercial space industry. These initiatives have grown out of planning that was done over 25 years ago. Focusing on emerging opportunities in the logistics and manufacturing sectors of commercial space, Stephen Wasko will discuss his experience attempting to foster this activity on the Space Shuttle and in the early days of the International Space Station (ISS) program. You’ll learn that a…

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Event 3/15: Global Data Broadcasting with Outernet

Join us for a discussion with Syed Karim about Outernet, which provides a a groundbreaking innovation in broadcasting, marrying satellite broadcasting with file delivery, transcending the format and time limitations of traditional radio or TV broadcasting.  Filecasting differentiates itself from a traditional broadcast by sending information as data files, so content is no longer limited to video and audio.  Receivers automatically cache these files locally, so users can enjoy flexible, on-demand access to content.  With the global…

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Event 2/9: Your Industry is Space-Scalable

The past few years have seen the commercial space industry growing at a rapid pace, and not merely in launch services. Space is a place, and requires collaboration from a wide array of industries, including yours, to enable thriving communities and businesses off planet. Joel Vinas will cover how various companies are gaining value from the space industry, and how your industry is actually space-scalable. Joel Vinas is the Executive Director of The Center for…

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Event 11/17: How Are You Going to Get to Space?

Capt. David C. Koch will share a little-known chapter in the history of commercial spaceflight, and his vision of how you’re going to get to space. Capt. Koch has been a commercial-spaceflight activist since the 1970s. While a pilot for United Airlines in the 1970s and 1980s, he also served as the Founding National Chairman of the American Society of Aerospace Pilots. He was the first, and only, airline pilot to learn to fly the…

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Event 10/6: Finance and Business Trends in the NewSpace Economy

A look under the hood of the NewSpace economy from funding and investing to where the industry is going.  How do startup companies make it in what is an increasingly competitive industry, and what are investors looking for?  Steven Jorgenson shares his observations and experiences as an active NewSpace investor and entrepreneur. Steven is the current Portfolio Manager of two hedge funds, Woodridge Capital and Viridian Fund, and is an Investment Advisor Representative for Fifth…

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Event 9/1: Overcoming the Top 5 Mistakes Made by Space Entrepreneurs

They say “Space is hard.”  But building a space venture is even harder.  Make your job as a space entrepreneur easier and learn from the mistakes of others.  Joel Vinas will discuss the top five mistakes made by space start-ups and how to overcome them. Joel Vinas is the Director of Operations for the NewSpace Business Plan Competition which has awarded over $300,000 in cash prizes to promising startups in the space sector.  The NewSpace…

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