Event Thu 6/14: NASA Centennial Challenge

Future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond will require innovative options to shelter our explorers, and we won’t be able to carry all of the materials with us from Earth. NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, a Centennial Challenges competition, seeks ways to create or develop the technologies needed to create such habitats on-site, and challenges citizen inventors to lead the way. The goal of the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge is to foster the development of new…

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Workshop Thu 5/31: Design a Sport for Zero Gravity !

As Space Tourism grows, business will look for more ways to entertain space leisure-travelers. Humans in space will also look for ways to stay active through a diverse range of sports, much like we have on earth today. Earth’s sports are designed for Earth’s atmosphere and gravity. For example, some sports are played indoors and some outdoors, we have a wide range of uniforms that facilitate play, and all of earth’s games are centered around…

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Event Tue 5/15: Rocket Men: an Evening with Author Robert Kurson

Ask people about the Apollo space program and they’re most familiar with Apollo 11, when man first set foot on the Moon. But by many accounts, an even more daring and risky mission occurred seven months earlier when Apollo 8, crewed by Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, became the first manned flight ever to reach the Moon. The story of Apollo 8 has it all: an existential enemy (the Soviets); a race against…

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Event Thu 4/12: Failing Fast, Launching Often

Stofiel Aerospace is a St. Louis company which has developed a functional rocket nozzle that is printed using high grade 3D printing, and which is capable of carrying small payloads to high altitude. It is the first solid fueled rocket to thrust, throttle, and vector. They’re perfecting the technology for orbital capability. Brian Stofiel of Stofiel Aerospace will discuss his experience founding a Midwest space business – recruiting talent, fundraising, and developing novel space technologies.…

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Event Tue 3/6: Navigating Legal Challenges within the Commercial Space Industry

The commercial space industry is currently experiencing exponential growth which will continue over the next several years. This provides entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses novel opportunities to embark on ventures into space and the space economy. One of the challenges to a successful space business is a legal minefield of regulatory schema unique to the space industry that must be navigated. For example, many do not understand the applicability of arms control regulations to manufacturing otherwise…

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Event Thu 1/25: Boeing’s HorizonX – Turning Startup Ideas Into Reality

Formed in early 2017, Boeing’s HorizonX leverages the power of the world’s largest aerospace company to bring new business ventures to the market to unlock the next generation of game-changing ideas, products, and markets. From investment capital to tech commercialization and market access, HorizonX turns new ideas and businesses into reality. Investment and partnership areas of interest include: disruptive mobility, advanced logistics, connectivity, autonomy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, cybersecurity, AI and machine learning, industrial IoT,…

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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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