Chasing Maine: Launch success for the Rocketeers

After battling weather delays, bluShift Aerospace successfully launches its commercial biofuel rocket “Stardust 1.0” in Limestone.
A rocket descends by parachute.
Stardust 1.0 descends via parachute after its flight of about 5,000 feet last week. Photo courtesy of Knack Factory.

The bluShift Aerospace team made history with its successful rocket launch using a unique bioderived fuel – lifting off from the Loring Commerce Center in Limestone on Jan. 31. Chasing Maine follows the daylong livestream with nearly 4,000 viewers, including commentary from an elated Sascha Deri, CEO of bluShift Aerospace.

As Deri explains in this story, bluShift Aerospace’s successful launch moves Maine a step closer to establishing a spaceport that would support the growing nanosatellite market.

Learn more about the initial weather-delayed launch and how the aerospace company worked with high school students to include a special payload here.

Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State. Subscribe to the Chasing Maine playlist on YouTube.


Roger McCord

Roger McCord has had a wide-ranging career in journalism, spanning the gamut from writing/reporting to daily news photography to working on various news desks as an editor. The most recent incarnation is in video production – usually brief features and mini-documentaries in and about Maine.
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