bluShift Aerospace to seek bids from Downeast towns; launch from “lift boat” replaces land-based pad

by Nancy Beal

By email from the company’s spokesperson, bluShift Aerospace announced last week that it is developing a request for proposal application that towns can use to signal interest in bringing the Brunswick company to their borders. bluShift, a Maine start-up that plans to put small satellites (cubesats) into orbit for commercial and scientific purposes, had been looking seriously into a launch site in Jonesport, but strong opposition to the plan caused CEO Sascha Deri to withdraw it early last month.

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