Well maybe not this year, but perhaps in the future if our friends at XCOR have anything to do with it. Faithful FruitGuys customer XCOR Aerospace is an aerospace engineering company based in Mojave, CA. This hot and windy locale is known as the first civilian inland spaceport in the country. "When FruitGuys starts sending fruit out into the galaxy you may be using the Mojave Spaceport," said Doug Graham, XCOR's media affairs director. The engineers already put The FruitGuys' name on one of their rockets. "We like to be nice to the people who are nice to us, and we love The FruitGuys," added Doug.
The engineers, scientists, astronauts, machinists, animators, and support staff at XCOR work long hours perfecting the design, propulsion, and aerodynamics of future space vehicles. Their current project is The Lynx, a sub-orbital space plane that will be able to take two people up to the edge of space and back. The Lynx should be ready to inaugurate the advent of space tourism in 2010. Their workplace is a large hangar. Aleta Jackson is the manager and de facto "mom" whose idea it was to get healthy snacks to offset some of the "engineer food." They keep the fruit right by the main desk, so when people go by they can help themselves. Everyone really enjoys the fruit, except for Mouser, the hanger cat, she's not a fruitarian. The folks at XCOR also really like to reuse FruitGuys boxes. They come in handy for storing all those extra rocket parts...
Rocket design is a creative, out-of-the-box endeavor and XCOR provides a family-like culture to support that. "People here are really nice to work for”¦ and when something needs to be done, everyone pulls 'dorm room hours' to get [it] done," said Doug. When asked if they like being referred to as rocket scientists, Doug said they are engineers. He said the old joke goes, "You're not a rocket scientist unless you've had one blow up on you. And since we haven't had one blow up on us - we're engineers."
The FruitGuys believe that fruit is great fuel for people at work. And now we know a few propulsion experts who can attest to that. We love to hear about our clients' projects - so drop us a line to share your story.
Company: XCOR Aerospace
Location: Mojave, CA
Product/Service: Space Vehicles
Favorite Fruits: Muscat grapes, Angelcots and Apriums
Customers since: 2007
- Heidi Lewis