Brunswick-based bluShift Aerospace successfully tested a new larger rocket engine Tuesday night.

This first test was just 5 seconds long. Eventually, the company said this engine will burn for more than a minute, long enough to propel small satellites on a suborbital ride into space.

bluShift has proposed using a launch site on an island off Jonesport, but it is facing opposition there and a town vote in a couple of weeks that could force the company to seek a different location.

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