Event Thu 5/9: Property Rights in Outer Space: A Startup’s Voyage

Join a discussion between an attorney and a hypothetical space startup with a business model to collect abandoned objects in Low Earth Orbit and mine local asteroids for exotic minerals.  Can a business extract minerals from celestial bodies? Can abandoned objects in space be retrieved for the valuable metals remaining in the “space junk”? Attorney Charles Lee Mudd Jr. will maneuver the NewSpace audience through these issues and more in the context of advising a…

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Event Thu 4/11 UPDATED: Creating Value in the NewSpace Industry

Charles Mudd will be unable to join us Thursday evening due to inclement weather.  In his place, Aaron Pagel will present on creating value in the NewSpace industry. There are a lot of effective ways to approach strategy and sometimes the most common way is by following the example of other successful companies. But is that the most efficient method when blazing a completely new path into a largely untouched NewSpace economy? Aaron Pagel will…

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Applications Open for NewSpace Chicago Fellowship to Founder Institute Spring 2019 Session

NewSpace Chicago is excited to announce that the Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed accelerator, is offering the best applicants with space-technology ideas a NewSpace Chicago fellowship to their Chicago Spring 2019 session. Through this offer, anyone with a space-tech idea or company can apply to the Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant for the Chicago Spring 2019 program will receive a fellowship to participate in the world-renowned startup launch program for…

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Event Thu 3/7: Trends in the NewSpace Industry

NewSpace Chicago welcomes Sean Casey of Atlas Space Operations. During his presentation, he’ll detail the current trends and possible future state of the industry with a focus on cost-effective and reliable data and communications services. Sean Casey was recently named the new Vice President (VP) of business development for Atlas Space Operations. Casey brings more than 25 years of leadership experience and subject-matter-expertise. He is also a principal at the investment banking merger and acquisitions…

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Event Thu 1/10: Xenesis… a Midwest space start-up story

At this event Mark LaPenna will take us behind the scenes for the genesis moment of Xenesis, its mission, its business and its pivot…from there, the problems encountered, the trials faced and the success they’ve achieved. Mark LaPenna is the Founder and CEO of Xenesis, an optical communications company, whose mission is to deliver the World’s first, Global Multi-Layered Optical Mesh Network. Since attending Space Camp at the age of 9, Mark LaPenna has had…

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Event Thu 12/13: Investing In NewSpace: Real Opportunities Now

If you were an active investor in 1995, what Internet companies did you buy into? If you bought Amazon or Yahoo! well done! If you bought Pets.com or Furniture.com you have our sympathies! Was competent due diligence and/or spreading of risk the deciding factors in whether investors won or lost, or was it something else? What separated the hype from reality? Another transformational new industry is emerging; which is similar or even larger in scope…

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Event Thu 11/8: An Inside Look at a CubeSat Shop and Orbitmuse Habitat Grand Opening

NewSpace Chicago and Orbitmuse, Inc. and its new strategic partnership location at mHUB Chicago are pleased to welcome Brent Abbott from AAC Microtec/Clyde Space to give you an insider view of a CubeSat company. Founded in 2005 by Craig Clark, Clyde Space recognised very early on that CubeSats represented a game-changing approach to spacecraft design and production and got busy developing CubeSat systems from the start. Today, the company is still committed to supporting the…

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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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NASA Space Apps Hackathon: Oct 10/20 – 10/21

NewSpace Chicago has teamed up with DePaul University to host the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge in Chicago. Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about curiosity come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! Now, we invite you to be a part of this exciting, collaborative scientific exploration, as we pair…

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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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