A Georgia-based company just launched the world’s first commercial rocket from a runway at the Loring Commerce Centre, Maine.
Despite two false starts and unwelcoming outdoor weather, the Brunswick-based startup bluShift Aerospace launched its first rocket prototype, called Stardust 1.0, on 31st January.
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It lifted off Sunday afternoon from a snow-covered runway at the Loring Commerce Center in Limestone, Maine. “It landed right where we were hoping for and where we were planning for. It couldn’t have been better than that”, bluShift CEO Sascha Deri told reporters after the launch.
Discussing biofuel and its integration with the Stardust 1.0 rocket, Deri said,
We want to prove that a bio-derived fuel can serve just as well, if not better in some cases, than traditional fuels to power rockets and payloads to space.
The biofuel “costs less per kilogram than traditional rocket fuel and it’s completely non-toxic. And it’s a carbon-neutral fuel which is inherently better for our planet and more responsible”, he added.
The rocket didn’t reach space if you’re wondering but marked a landmark achievement for bespoke missions tailored for tiny satellites.
According to bluShift Aerospace, Stardust 1.0 is a small rocket, powered by a “bio-derived” solid fuel to act as a makeshift prototype for future bluShift rockets.
The company expects to create 40 new jobs in the next 5 years by launching tiny satellites into the earth’s thermosphere.