Event Tue 10/19: Separating Great Space Investments from Space Junk

Our October event will feature Mike Collett, Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, the Chicago headquartered venture firm which recently closed its $140 million Space Fund, dedicated to investments in early stage commercial space opportunities around the globe. Mike Collett is the Founder and Managing Partner of Promus Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Chicago, San Francisco, and Luxembourg investing in deep-technology startups in the U.S., Europe, and New Zealand. Mike has been…

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Event Tue 6/15: Building an In-Space Economy, Building a Successful Space Company

Dr. Robert Hoyt will discuss the chicken-and-egg challenge in bootstrapping a new economic sphere based around in-space services, and the work that Tethers Unlimited is doing to develop key technologies needed to enable those in-space services.  He will also discuss lessons learned from his experiences in founding Tethers Unlimited, growing it organically over the past 26 years, and then selling the company to a Private Equity-backed firm. Dr. Hoyt is a ‘relentlessly-inventive’ Technologist and Executive…

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Event Tues 5/18, 2021: Follies, Failures, and Successes in Pursuit of a Bustling In-Space Economy

Global array of satellite tankers

If we want to get off this rock, we need a bustling in-space economy that supports permanent jobs in orbit. Through building several satellites and founding several startups across four continents, Daniel’s career exemplifies, perhaps, a preponderance to fail forward in pursuit of this goal. Join in a reflection on an industry that has changed dramatically in the last few years, and speculation of whole new areas of endeavour where we have not failed sufficiently…

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Event Apr 29 & 30, 2021: Student Space Congress

Have your dreams of what the future of space may bring kept you busy? Are you working on a space related project that you want to share with the world?  In it’s ongoing mission to promote the entrepreneurial space industry, NewSpace Chicago is hosting a virtualStudent Space Congress in Chicago this April 2021.  Through this event, we want to provide students – undergraduate and graduate – from across the country the opportunity to present their…

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Space in the Time of Covid

While much of the world experienced significant interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the commercial space industry has remained busy serving the needs of commercial and government clients. Perhaps the most exciting moment has been SpaceX fulfilling its Commercial Crew obligations with successful Demo-1 and Crew-1 missions. It is exciting to see manned launches from the US again after the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011 – and even more exciting that the crewed launch…

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