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Destination: Deep Space

The 30th season of FIRST® Robotics Competition has the theme Destination: Deep Space. Who knew that our alumni would be taking this so literally? Five of them took a tour of Space X this week and have been sending us photos along the whey. We can't deny it: we are a little jealous.The real reason they are in California at all isn't Space X, but the 2018 Hyperloop Competition finals. The Hyperloop at VCU team needs to uncrate the pod they designed and fabricated and prepare it to race against the entries from other student teams from around the world. Sound familiar? Replace "pod" with "robot," and that is what basically what happens when we attend the FRC Championship. There is a little play, a lot of work, and plenty of excitement.In spite of being a rookie Hyperloop team, many of the core members have been working together for years. The team's lead machinist, Tammi Chen, spoke about this in a recent interview. Their previous competition experiences and long-standing working relationships give the team an edge that most first-year teams don't have.Blue Cheese has another connection to Space X. Our alumnus and mentor, Alex Kaplan, has spent two summers interning for the company in California and Texas. He shared his experiences with FIRST and how the program helped him along his path to becoming an aerospace engineer in an interview with FIRST. His career goal is to work for Space X or another private space company.Our student Ishaan T. also spent a week at camp with NASA in July. Look for his story and photos soon. If you can't be in California this week, look online for updates on the Hyperloop Competition finals. The event takes place July 22. We hope that pod goes by so fast that the Blue Cheese logo on the side is just a blur!


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