We live-fired experimental rocket motors, what did YOU do on Yuri’s Night?

 Brian Stofiel, CEO and founder of Stofiel Aerospace, joined NewSpace Chicago Thursday night to share their vision for mobile, on-demand, and highly scalable launch services.  Stofiel Aerospace is a startup based in St. Louis developing a unique architecture for low-cost access to space.  This is especially important for the growing small satellite market.  Brian also treated the crowd to some pyrotechnics, but more on that in a bit. Stofiel’s architecture solves a number of challenges…

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Voyage Chicago – Meet David Hurst of Orbital Transports

Voyage Chicago recently interviewed NewSpace Chicago founder and CEO of Orbital Transports, David Hurst.  From the article: Today we’d like to introduce you to David Hurst. So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. I’ve dreamt of going to space since I was a boy. Watching the Apollo astronauts land on the Moon in 1969 captivated my imagination. I grew up…

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Space is Open for Business @ Adler After Dark (video)

On 21 December 2017, NewSpace Chicago came to Adler After Dark.  NewSpace Chicago founder David Hurst was a featured speaker.  He presented “Space is Open for Business: Business Opportunities on the High Frontier” and discussed 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 question is no longer how are we going to get to space. Today…

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Manufacturing in space could save life on Earth | James Orsulak | TEDxMileHigh

We are dangerously close to collapsing our own ecosystem and we are running out of time. In this persuasive talk, James Orsulak argues that the only way to really make a difference is to look up. James Orsulak serves as the Director of Business Development at Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company that has embarked on the world’s first commercial deep space exploration. The company focuses on technologies such as rocket propellant, water for life…

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Deep Space Ecology Completes Phase 1 Funding!

Deep Space Ecology has funded the first Phase 1 of their project to advance the science and technology of growing food in space.  The team is researching a viable solution to create semi-closed ecological systems supporting human habitation on the surface of Mars. They have planned a series of agricultural studies that have never been done before on the International Space Station (ISS) to develop a self-contained growing system that can maintain the ecological conditions…

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Being “Space Crazy”, or Getting Closer to the Stars and the Space In-Between

On 12 October 2017, NewSpace Chicago was treated to a special screening of the short film “Space Crazy”, produced by FRC.  Space Crazy was created as submission to NASA’s summer 2017 short film competition CineSpace.  The film wonderfully captures the feeling of someone crazy about space, through Jon Francia’s personal story and the emerging startups of Chicago’s own David Hurst and David Koch.  While introducing the film, Jon shared how he felt seeing commercials for…

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The Intersection of Fashion and Aerospace

Have you ever thought of fashion as engineering?  More specifically, as space engineering?  You should.  On September 14, fashion designer and commercial space researcher and enthusiast Lee Anderson joined NewSpace Chicago to open our eyes and challenge our assumptions.  The apparel and space industries have been tightly collaborating since the earliest days of the space race.  In the 1960s, NASA went to the fashion industry for the expertise, skill, and even their equipment to solve…

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Edison Awards adds Space Innovation category for 2018

In celebration of over thirty years of recognizing and awarding innovation, the Edison Awards announced today that, in partnership with NewSpace Chicago, they will expand with a new category for 2018: Space Innovation.  Originally established in 1987, the Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.…

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