Strategic planning for the proposed Maine Spaceport Complex is under way at Brunswick Landing, the former Navy base in Brunswick, Maine. Following a feasibility study last year, the Maine Space Grant Consortium was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Maine Technology Institute and NASA to begin the initial planning process. Members of the Space Leadership Council include MRRA’s Steve Levesque and established Brunswick Landing NewSpace businesses bluShift Aerospace and VALT Enterprises.
Because of its world-class airport assets and proven ability to support large aerospace projects, Brunswick Landing is envisioned to be the site of a mission control and research and development space center. Marketing has begun for the airport to both UAS- and NewSpace-focused companies.
Brunswick Landing NewSpace company bluShift Aerospace launched the world’s first commercial rocket (Stardust 1.0) powered by biofuel in January in Limestone, Maine. The low-altitude demo launch was viewed by a select group of honored guests and was the culmination of six years of research and development, over two hundred engine tests, the successful realization of grants from NASA and the Maine Technology Institute, and the development of a novel modular hybrid rocket engine.
“There’s a lot riding on this moment, and not just for bluShift,” said Sascha Deri, CEO and Founder of bluShift Aerospace. “Stardust has the potential to launch a vibrant aerospace industry right here in Maine. Our team of staff and investors is aiming high and hoping to create an ecologically responsible aerospace industry with the words ‘Made in Maine’ on it.”