Maine Space News
Maine’s Second CubeSat Will Carry Nanobubbles
UMaine’s WiSe-Net Lab will construct its second CubeSat, PINESAT2, to support research into nanobubbles being done by UMaine, USM, and Arizona State University. The leader of the MESAT1 build, doctoral candidate Joseph Patton, will direct satellite development in UMaine’s department of electrical and computer engineering. bluShift Aerospace Inc., will assist with the launch.
MESAT1 scheduled to launch in first half of 2022
At the CubeSat Launch Initiative NASA Town Hall, Scott Higginbotham showed ELaNa 43, MESAT1’s ride to space, scheduled for launch late in the second quarter of 2022. Maine’s first was among 11 CubeSats manifested for the flight. The primary payload on the launch is VCLS Demo-2FB.
MESAT1 Still Stalled
Firefly’s second Alpha rocket is on pad 2W at the Space Launch Center, Vandenberg Space Force Base, projected to launch in the next several weeks. The third Alpha rocket, a ride to space for MESAT1, would likely be at least two months after #2.
Challenger Center Campers Talk with Astronaut Aboard Space Station
Youngsters at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor posed a series of questions to pilot Bob Hines as the astronaut cruised over Earth in the International Space Station. The event was recorded. Watch the Video
$1.2 Million Boost for SpacePort Planning
The U.S. Economic Development Administration today announced $1.2 million in funding to assist the Maine Space Grant Consortium in finalizing a strategic plan that will address workforce development, business development, and external engagement needs for the Maine SpacePort Complex. The grant must be matched with $407,407 in state and local funds.
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Maine Space Grant Consortium Solicits Research Proposals
In anticipation of an upcoming notice of funding opportunity from the NASA EPSCoR program, the Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) today issued a call for proposals from the Maine research community. Proposals should meet both NASA and MSGC requirements. Maine Maine is one of 28 jurisdictions eligible to apply for up to $750,000 in funding. […]
Happy 60th Telstar!
Eyes and ears were on Oxford County 60 years ago today when an orbiting Bell Labs satellite called Telstar and an Earth station built by AT&T launched international live television. Were you in Andover that Wednesday evening in 1962? Did you ever go see the Big Bubble? MaineSat would like to hear your story.
Steuben and bluShift Agree on Launch Center
Steuben, a small fishing town in western Washington County, and bluShift Aerospace, based in Brunswick, envision a rocket launch center being built in the town as base of operations for bluShift’s offshore launches. In a presentation to the town on April 6, 2022, the company projected the center would create 120 to 200 jobs in […]
Maine’s Space Moves Attract Globe’s Eyes
The Boston Globe‘s Brian MacQuarrie chats with the locals for “Maine seeks a place in space.”