Community Development Partnership

Orbitmuse Inc. and NewSpace Chicago are pleased to announce a ground breaking Community Development Partnership to bring the Space and Aerospace entrepreneurial communities in the Midwest to the forefront of the New Space Race. The partnership aims to promote Orbitmuse’s Habitat strategic partnership location within mHUB Chicago and inspire growth in start-up interest in the Chicagoland business community. Orbitmuse Inc. is the global Space and Aerospace entrepreneurial network and technology platform providing the essential tools…

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Investment Opportunities in Space

What do we mean by “Space” investments? Space is often described as “The Final Frontier,” or  “The Great Unknown,” however, Space technology is far better known by engineers, scientists, and governments than by the private investing community.  Space technology has radically transformed life on Earth ever since Sputnik launched in 1957. Space investments do not generally take the form of investing directly in the Moon or Mars (though some companies are making efforts at deep…

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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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