Designing and manufacturing a bio-derived fuel based rocket

Our mission at bluShift aerospace is to create a launch platform for small satellites to tackle an underserved emerging market and contribute to the exploratory progress of humanity as a whole.

How blueshift is different ?

We’re looking at rockets in a way like no one else has before, by integrating multiple technologies for the first time in one motor. Not only does our approach increase performance, using a sustainably farmed, bio-derived fuel in our rockets also mitigates the detrimental impact on the environment that traditional liquid and hybrid rocket motors have. Our team is small and our ambitions are big, helping to keep the cost of development down. We’ve optimized the fuel, developed a test stand and injection system for two different scales of prototype, and are moving towards a sounding rocket launch by the end of next year.

development of new rocket

lower-cost

environmental FRIENDLY

SAFE

Funding

bluShift has made enormous progress developing hybrid fuels, test stands, control systems, nozzles and injection systems. This progress has been driven by major investment from the team itself. Some funding has come from generous grants provided by the state of Maine. If you’d like to contribute,
Please check out these funding options displayed below.

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Our Rockets

Red Dwarf 50
  • Mission: Proof of concept
  • Capability:Suborbital Hybrid Rocket
  • # of Stages:1
  • Max Payload:5kg
  • Diameter:8”
  • Length:12’
Brown Dwarf 10
  • Mission: Proof of concept
  • Capability:Suborbital Hybrid Rocket
  • # of Stages:1
  • Max Payload:5kg
  • Diameter:8”
  • Length:12’

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Our Team

David Hayrikyan

David Hayrikyan

Years of Experience: 10,
Position: Mechanical Engineer
  • Education:Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Boston University (2009);
  • Experience:Mr. Harikyan is founder of MACABitech where his primary contract includes upgrading manufacturing

    processes to the latest methods for jet engine casings. Responsible for CAD/CAM development of hybrid rocket motor components for performance testing, developing production processes, experienced in 5-axis CNC milling.
Sascha Deri

Sascha Deri

Years of Experience: 20,
Position: CEO
  • Education:Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern Maine; Bachelor of Arts (1996) in Physics, Earlham College (1993)
  • Experience:Mr. Deri is a recognized expert and entrepreneur in the alternative and renewable energy sector.

    Prior to founding bluShift, Inc., Mr. Deri founded and is CEO of altE, a successful national renewable energy product distribution and light manufacturing company. Responsible for setting the company’s market and product development strategy, identifying opportunities, raising funds for development, connecting with advisors and consultants, and operations management. His 19 years of experience in starting, growing, leading, planning and operating a lean and profitable, $17M/year organization within a tight margin sector of the industry enables him to do the same with downward sizing cost challenges of running a team to develop a small launch vehicle.
Luke

Luke

Years of Experience: 6,
Position: Senior Technical Expert
  • Education:BSME University of Maine
  • Experience:Luke is a mechanical engineer,with experience in the defense and aerospace sectors,

    designing and building of a sounding rocket, development of hybrid oxidizer control systems and an engineering internship at Applied Thermal Sciences, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Saindon assists with performance testing, oxidizer system design and evaluation, MATLAB code development for delta V calculations and staging simulations.
Brook Halverson

Brook Halverson

Years of Experience: 5,
Position: Mechanical Engineer
  • Education:Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Eng., Univ. of Maryland College Park (2013);
  • Experience:Experience in automotive engineering and design, composites, R&D with graphene-based

    lithium batteries and now one year of R&D with bluShift. Responsible for working on upper bounds performance testing logistics, manufacturing and oxidizer system assembly and testing. Mr. Halvorson will devote a minimum of 545 of his time to this project.
Shawn Augustine

Shawn Augustine

Years of Experience: 3,
Position: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer
  • Education:MSME Georgia Tech 2015
  • Experience:Mr. Augustine is an expert in fluids dynamics and material mechanics and design.

    Will dedicate a minimum of 86 hours to the SBIR project. Responsible for designing and assisting in testing the oxidizer system.

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