Watch bluShift Aerospace test its revamped rocket engine today

Small-rocket startup bluShift Aerospace will test its revamped MAREVL engine today (May 3), and you can watch the action live.

The test, at bluShift's facility in Brunswick, Maine, is scheduled to begin today at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). Watch it live here at, courtesy of bluShift, or directly via the Maine-based company.

"You won't want to miss this! We have completely overhauled this engine since our last test and we're ready to see how it performs. This new version of the engine is longer, larger and capable of delivering up to 50% more thrust," bluShift wrote in a description of the test.

Video: Meet the bluShift Aerospace team for smallsat rocket launches

bluShift aims to give small satellites dedicated rides to orbit using rockets that burn non-toxic, bio-derived fuels.

The company has launched high-altitude test flights but has yet to mount a space mission. But that could change soon: bluShift aims to attempt a space launch in the next year or so, provided today's engine test and other developmental work goes well.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.