bluShift Aerospace Announces Receipt of Payment for First Launch Contract for MaxIQ – Parabolic Arc

Virginia-based MaxIQ has made its first payment to bluShift Aerospace for suborbital launch services aboard its first full-scale commercial rocket

bluShift Aerospace CEO Sascha Deri hangs out with Bjarke and Judi Sandrock (lr) receiving an upfront payment for the company’s first launch with MaxIQ. (Image credit: bluShift Aerospace)

BRUNSWICK, Maine (bluShift Aerospace PR) – On Earth Day 2022, bluShift Aerospace, a Maine-based New Space startup, announced receipt of the first installment of its ongoing launch contract with educator-based Space STEM in Virginia and space launch broker MaxIQ Space. The receipt is the first installment of payment for suborbital launch services aboard bluShift’s first full-scale commercial flight, Starless Rogue Beta.

The MaxIQ team has already delivered up to 80 student payloads into space aboard 4 separate launches. Their partnership with bluShift Aerospace enables MaxIQ Space to secure student payloads on a regular and reliable basis, completing a complete satellite systems engineering project, from idea to launch, in one academic year.

“Until the arrival of bluShift, MaxIQ had been unable to find a reliable launch partner for student-led science payloads,” said Judi Sandrock, co-founder of MaxIQ. “Being able to secure affordable and timely space launches for student payloads is very important, so students can continue their academic research and help all of humanity understand the dramatic changes happening here on Earth.”

“It’s lucky that Judi and Bjarke came to visit us on Earth Day,” said Sascha Deri, CEO and Founder of bluShift Aerospace. “Today, we reaffirm our commitment to show the world that sustainable aerospace is achievable today. We are incredibly excited to provide MaxIQ with launches that are not only mission flexible and cost competitive, but which are powered by non-toxic and nearly carbon-neutral fuel.

The payment was passed on in a small ceremony, attended by customers and STEM educators from across the state. The announcement of receipt of the first tranche of MaxIQ comes just after bluShift surpassed its goal of raising $1.07 million in crowdfunding and is preparing for a second full-scale test of its hybrid rocket engine.

About BluShift Aerospace

On January 31, 2021, bluShift Aerospace made history by launching the world’s first commercial rocket powered by non-toxic, nearly carbon-neutral fuel from the Loring Commerce Center in Limestone, Maine. Founded in 2014, bluShift has designed a bio-derived rocket fuel and a modular hybrid rocket engine, and is working on a small rocket capable of carrying 100-kilogram payloads to low Earth orbit. This new launch system will significantly reduce environmental impact, costs and wait times compared to current small satellite launch services. By launching rockets into polar orbit from Maine, bluShift expects to create more than 150 aerospace jobs over the next five years and bring revenue from the rapidly growing cubesat launch market to the state of Maine. . bluShift Aerospace is headquartered in Hangar 6, Brunswick Landing. For more information, visit their website at

About the MaxIQ space

MaxIQ Space was created to serve the wider space industry by providing training and skills development programs. The main goal of the MaxIQ team is to inspire future space industry professionals through the practical and impactful delivery of Space STEM programs. All commitments support and promote a digital future, adapted to the requirements identified for the 4th industrial revolution. Concretely, this requires the use of modular digital electronics, ensuring that no formal installation is required….build your satellite at home! The founders of MaxIQ Space bring a wealth of experience in space STEM education, from elementary school to PhD, across multiple engineering industries, and in corporate governance of the space industry. For more information, visit their website at

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