bluShift Aerospace is developing our rocket differently. Our small team is not afraid to fail; rapid testing and iterations of design have resulted in drastic changes and great discoveries that a bigger team would have been slower to achieve. We focus our expertise in aerospace, computer science, physics, manufacturing, and mechanical design using Scrum framework, keeping bSA light on its feet and quick to adapt. The result being a rocket developed to have an ultra efficient nozzle, cutting-edge materials, and stellar fuel performance.
Every step of the way, we are keeping our customers launch cost in mind. Keeping our team small and efficient was the first step. Moving our center for operations to Brunswick, Maine reduced expenses while opening up opportunities for testing at the former naval air-base in Brunswick Landing. A stable, renewable fuel reduces many of the costs associated with handling liquid rocket fuel or synthetic solid fuel. We’ve also succeeded in our commitment to perform most manufacturing in-house by using CNC milling machines and 3d printers, manufacturing our own fuel grains, and implementing 5S methodology in our workshop. In the long term, we expect to save 60% of our manufacturing costs as a result.
Besides using solar energy to power our test site, we’ve made the rocket itself as environmentally friendly as possible. Considering the high cadence of launches we hope to achieve, it was critical for the launch itself to be environmentally sustainable. The pillar of this sustainability is our cutting-edge fuel, which is renewable, carbon-neutral, burns clean, and is biodegradable. Not only does this give bSA a competitive edge, but it paves the way for changes in what is expected with regards to sustainability in rockets.
lower cost of handling is a side effect of having stable fuel; the primary safety benefit of hybrid rockets being that their fuel doesn’t explode. By always considering potential mechanisms of failure and impact on safety, we keep our surroundings safe and our team in action. From choosing our test-stands location and design, to how we systematically handle equipment failure, bSA centers our decision making process around enduring failure that might otherwise halt our progress. That means the team, the community, and the planet we work with should be kept out of harm's way.
Years of Experience: 10 Position: Technical Advisor
Education: BS Aero/Mech at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2009)
Experience: Matt is an experienced aerospace professional with a focus in test and launch operations for propulsion systems. He led test engineering teams at SpaceX where he helped develop, qualify, and produce Merlin engines for the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. He continued in the commercial space sector at Rocket Lab leading the propulsion test team, overseeing development operations of the Rutherford engine for the Electron small-sat launcher. He recently transitioned to manage the engineering team at Fiber Materials Inc, to develop advanced composite materials for missile defense and space systems.
Years of Experience: 6 Position: Communications Director
Education: Bachelor of Arts SCL in Psychology, UMaine (2015); HS Diploma, Maine School of Science and Mathematics (2011)
Experience: Seth created and co-hosted Radio Astronomy (now Scientifically Speaking), the first nonprofit radio show to join the NASA Museum Alliance. He now co-hosts the Astronomy Brothers podcast, and is a JPL Solar System Ambassador. In addition to his work at bluShift, Seth is a vocal advocate of the ongoing effort, led by the Maine Space Grant Consortium, to build SpacePort Maine.
Years of Experience: 12 Position: Mechanical Engineer
Education:Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Boston University (2009);
Experience: Mr. Harikyan is founder of MACABitech where his primary contract includes upgrading manufacturing processes to the latest methods for jet engine casings. Responsible for CAD/CAM development of hybrid rocket motor components for performance testing, developing production processes, experienced in 5-axis CNC milling.
Years of Experience: 22 Position: CEO
Education:Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern Maine; Bachelor of Arts (1996) in Physics, Earlham College (1993)
Experience:Mr. Deri is a recognized expert and entrepreneur in the alternative and renewable energy sector.
Prior to founding bluShift, Mr. Deri founded and is CEO of altE, a successful national renewable energy product distribution and light manufacturing company. Responsible for setting the company’s market and product development strategy, identifying opportunities, raising funds for development, connecting with advisors and consultants, and operations management. His 19 years of experience in starting, growing, leading, planning and operating a lean and profitable, $17M/year organization within a tight margin sector of the industry enables him to do the same with downward sizing cost challenges of running a team to develop a small launch vehicle.
Years of Experience: 8, Position: Senior Mechanical Engineer
Education:BSME University of Maine
Experience:Luke is a mechanical engineer,with experience in the defense and aerospace sectors,
designing and building of a sounding rocket, development of hybrid oxidizer control systems and an engineering internship at Applied Thermal Sciences, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Luke assists with performance testing, oxidizer system design and evaluation, MATLAB code development for delta V calculations and staging simulations.
Years of Experience: 7 Position: Lead Test Engineer
Education:Bachelor of Arts, Art and the Environment (1995), Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Eng., Univ. of Maryland College Park (2013);
Experience:Experience in automotive engineering and design, carbon composite testing, graphene-based coatings, and now 1.5 years of R&D with bluShift. Responsible for working on performance testing logistics, manufacturing and hybrid rocket motor assembly and testing.
Years of Experience: 5 Position: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineer
Education:MSME Georgia Tech 2015
Experience: Mr. Augustine is an expert in fluids dynamics and material mechanics and design. Responsible for designing and assisting in testing the oxidizer system.