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Space News: The Latest in Space Exploration and Maine's Role in Space Innovation

Maine Public file

There are a number of new, space-focused businesses operating in Maine. We’ll learn about what makes Maine an attractive place for these types of businesses. We’ll also discuss the latest news from the world of space exploration.


Sascha Deri, CEO, bluShift Aerospace

Terry Shehata, Ph.D., executive director, Maine Space Grant Consortium; senior policy associate for research and economic development, coordinator, Maine Economic Improvement Fund

Dr. Ali Abedi, University of Maine assistant vice president for research; director, Center for Undergraduate Research; professor, electrical and computer engineering

Dr. Ryan Dorland, assistant professor, physics and chemistry, Saint Joseph's College. He was recently awarded a one-year research grant for $20,000 from NASA and the Maine Space Grant Consortium to introduce satellite science and build nanosatellite prototypes in his introductory college courses.


Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.