Chicago companies launch plans for business in outer space

Orbital Transports mentioned in the Chicago Tribune: [Hurst] wants Orbital Transports to eventually develop infrastructure in space — cosmic equivalents to earth’s roads, trains and bridges — to support continuing operations in the first 100 to 200 miles of space, called low-earth orbit, and beyond. That could mean mining ice from the lunar south pole or metals from asteroids near earth, … or delivering rocket fuel to spacecraft while they’re in orbit. “The entire goal is to really develop this infrastructure that will make it possible and in fact easier for people to travel and work and operate in space,”…

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Regional Roundup: Chicago aims to be space travel hub

Orbital Transports mentioned on STARTLAND: SpaceX may be the company people think of when it comes to finally plunking a flag into the red soil of Mars, but a Chicagoan David Hurst has other ideas. The serial entrepreneur has sky-high plans to help area startups get in on the ground floor of the “next trillion dollar industry.” Hurst aims to make Chicago a thriving hub for space innovation, beginning with the founding of Orbital Transports — a space tech design and engineering firm — and the non-profit NewSpace Chicago. Hurst already has onboarded a startup that is currently flight-testing recreational…

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Chicago…A Hub for Space Travel? This Entrepreneur Says Yes.

Orbital Transports mentioned on ChicagoInno: When you think about the future of commercial space travel and the possibility of long-term human presence in outer space, you think Elon Musk–and rightfully so. SpaceX has been one of the darlings of the tech world, making massive advancements in space innovation and collecting more than $1 billion in funding. But innovation in the space industry isn’t exleusive to SpaceX, nor is it limited to startups in Silicon Valley. The space industry is poised to be the “next trillion dollar industry,” and there’s a big opportunity for startups to get in on the ground floor, said…

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