LEWISTON — “Do You Know Why Maine is a Great Place to Launch a Rocket?” is the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn Senior College’s April Food for Thought program.

Sascha Deri, founder and CEO of bluShift Aerospace in Brunswick, will explain the advantages to launching a rocket from Maine, and the many uses for small satellites in space. This presentation will be shown at 4 p.m. Friday April 16, on Zoom.

Sascha Deri Contributed photo

Deri’s company is not only creating the rockets to launch a variety of sizes of satellites, but also powering them with sustainably-sourced bio-derived fuel. Its fuel mitigates the detrimental environmental impact that comes from traditional rocket motors.

bluShift recently had a successful launch of Star-dust 1 from Loring Air Force Base, and the company is working on Stardust 2.

Deri will explain the many uses for having small satellites, such as research and expanding broadband.

To get the link, email [email protected] by noon April 15, and mention the rocket program.

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