Event Thu 12/21: Space is Open for Business @ Adler After Dark

Business Opportunities on the High Frontier   This month, NewSpace Chicago comes to Adler After Dark.  Join us for the Adler Planetarium’s 21+ December event Spacecation!  NewSpace Chicago founder David Hurst will be a featured speaker, presenting “Space is Open for Business: Business Opportunities on the High Frontier” and discussing the booming commercial space economy.  Technological innovation and new business models are rapidly changing the marketscape and opening up new opportunities for space-related and space-scalable ventures.  The…

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Event Thu 11/9: Accelerating the Launchpad to Humanity’s Greatest Journey

Join us for a conversation with Dan Lopez, CEO and Founder of OrbitMuse. Dan will give an overview of Orbitmuse, a FinTech solution that democratizes the funding of space programs and supply chain transactions, while accelerating Space development startups globally. He will provide insights into Space startup crowdfunding, equity financing, and distributed ledger transactions on the blockchain. He will also discuss how the vibrant and growing Space development startup community can leverage novel approaches in…

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Event Thu 10/12: “Space Crazy” 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 Crazy”. 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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