Inaugural space conference highlights Maine’s growing aerospace industry

  • November 8, 2023


by Owen Kingsley

PORTLAND (WGME) – The inaugural Maine Space Conference kicked off Sunday at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.

The conference offers opportunities to learn about the latest in research and education as well as why Maine is poised to grow its aerospace industry.

Maine is home to several aerospace companies already, including bluShift based out of Brunswick.

Organizers for the conference are hoping to attract young people into the STEM field, and even join the industry.

“In terms of the ultimate outcome, we’d engage our students when they graduate from Maine high school’s or colleges would stay in Maine and create businesses on their own of participate and become part of the workforce,” said Terry Shehata, Maine Space Grant Consortium.

“If I could work building cube sets as an adult, I would enjoy doing that for sure. I like doing research and I enjoy applying myself to scientific problems,” said Asa Tussing, a junior at Deering High School.

The conference ends on Tuesday.