September 27, 2018
Mid-December 2016 bluShift Aerospace officially moved its headquarters from Boxborough, Massachusetts to Maine, located at TechPlace in the former Navy Air Station in Brunswick.
Started in 2014, bluShift is in the R&D phase of developing a small launch vehicle that uses a green, renewable source for its fuel. The company is targeting customers such as universities, corporations and agencies of the US government who want to launch tiny satellites, called ‘cubesats’, into low Earth orbit. Currently there is more than year long backlog for any organization that wishes to launch these nanosatellites. bluShift seeks to not only service this market, but to do so at a competitive cost with environmentally friendly sources of fuel.
“We are excited to officially locate in at TechPlace in Maine. The incubator is particularly friendly to aerospace start up companies, offering an impressive array of machining, tools and soon composite layup work areas that will enable us to accelerate our R&D without enormous upfront capital expenses,” said Sascha Deri, CEO of bluShift. “Additionally, the region is a rich source of advanced machining and composites talent and resources that we plan on tapping. Having been raised in Maine, it’s been a dream of mine to locate an exciting startup here and show off to the world what hard-working, Maine ingenuity can achieve.”
bluShift is currently in the engine and fuel testing phases of its R&D, seeking funds both at a state and federal level to prove out its technology and accelerate the development of a full-sized launch vehicle.