Blaze Sanders, grew up in the small country town of Mc Graw, New York. He attended and graduated from Homer Central High School, where he received varsity letters in Wrestling (4 yrs), Football (2 yrs), & Track and Field (2 yrs). After high school, he worked a year and a half in construction before earning an A.S. degree in Engineering Science at Tompkins-Cortland Community College, during which he worked as a security guard and certified tutor in math, science, and computer science with a 3.925 GPA. Blaze graduated with a dual Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2010, focusing on embedded systems with a GPA of 3.55 He is the oldest child of seven, who has dreamed of being an astronaut since he was five.
Blaze’s dreams of spaceflight are still going strong. He has held internship positions at NASA's Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, in astronaut human factors and robotics respectively. Blaze left his NASA civil servant position at Marshall Space Flight Center, where he was developing a lunar wormbot to become the Technical Program Manager of the JURBAN Google Lunar X PRIZE team. One of twenty-five teams racing to the Moon by Dec 2015, as part of a $30 million competition. He is currently the CTO & CEO of Solar System Express, a New Space company created in August 2010 to enable space settlement, via increased human capability on Earth. The company’s product lines include the Gravity Development Board and the RL Mark VI Space Skydiving suit. Blaze is SCUBA certified, working on his Class A skydiving license, a rock climbing enthusiast, and plans on obtaining his private pilot’s license & Electron Beam welding certification. Someone has to be the first person to set foot on another planet, and Blaze is preparing for it. On to Mars!