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June 9, 2016
Outer Space Travel From Chicago?

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 […]

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February 17, 2016
NewSpace Satellite Chicago Competition

NewSpace Chicago, an open community of space entrepreneurs in Chicago, announced they are holding a business plan competition (BPC) to encourage the development of commercial ventures in outer space.  The competition is focused on space-related and space-scalable business start-ups in and around the Chicagoland area.  The NewSpace Chicago BPC will be held from 9:00 to […]

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February 6, 2016
NITELITE For NITESat Night Time Satellite Images

A major system in NITESat is the imaging payload.  It's correct design and proper operation are critical to the success of the NITESat mission.  Consequently, we are building a prototype imaging system, called NITELITE.  This prototype will provide an engineering demonstration of the NITESat imaging system.  It will allow us to test as much of […]

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November 20, 2015
Interview With Pascal Rogiest Of SES S.A. Satellite

The space entrepreneur networking group NewSpace Chicago recently hosted a conversation with Pascal Rogiest, recently VP of Mergers and Acquisitions of SES, S.A.  Pascal discussed current trends he sees in the communications satellite industry.  He encounters three main types of customers, private commercial companies, governments from European and developed nations, and governments from developing nations.  […]

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November 9, 2015
NITESat Passes Satellite Design Review

The NITESat mission team recently submitted its preliminary design to an independent review board for assessment.  The review board examined the preliminary design to ensure that it meets the mission's top-level requirements and is consistent with the mission goals and objectives. The team presented the mission concept of operations, the system architecture, and proposed technical […]

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October 12, 2015
NITESat Chicago Satellite Images

We participated in a high-altitude balloon (HAB) launch recently.  This was a night launch and our goal was to capture images of night-time illumination on the ground.  We planned to test the low-light sensitivity of some off-the-shelf imaging systems to define a basic performance benchmark for the NITESat nanosatellite mission. We were testing a hacked […]

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October 9, 2015
Space Angels Network's Dylan Taylor

The space entrepreneur networking group NewSpace Chicago recently hosted a conversation with Dylan Taylor of the Space Angels Network.  Dylan talked about some of the opportunities for new start-up ventures in the space industry.  Space is a large and growing market and Space Angels Network is a leader in funding new aerospace ventures.  Reduced launch […]

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September 18, 2015
NITESat (Night Satellite) Images Milestone

The NITESat nanosatellite mission achieved its first development milestone in September, successfully passing the Mission Concept Review.  The independent review panel examined the mission's objectives and the concept for meeting those objectives.  All three reviewers found the mission very exciting and provided valuable feedback to the NITESat team. NITESat (Night Imaging & Tracking Experiment Satellite) […]

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August 13, 2015
NewSpace Chicago Commercial Space Venutres

NewSpace Chicago announced its formation as an entrepreneurial community for the development of private companies commercializing outer space.  The organization seeks to promote Chicago as a center of excellence for new commercial space, space-related, and space-scalable ventures.  It welcomes participation by entrepreneurs, students, engineers, investors, and others who are interested in creating new commercial space […]

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May 1, 2015
Evening Launch Captures Earth Limb

Last Sunday we participated with Far Horizons in a high altitude balloon launch.  We set up at our usual airfield, Koerner Aviation.  Launch time was set for 7:15pm, about half an hour before local sunset.  Our goal was to get some good video of the Earth limb and the terminator shadow moving across the ground. […]

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