Rocket-maker Joe Barnard realized his long-standing dream – the creation of a model that would sit vertically on its own for subsequent reuse. After seven years of careful trial and error, the enthusiast was finally able to assemble a small copy of the famous SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which successfully took off and landed.
Joe Barnard, founder of Barnard Propulsion Systems (BPS), has been fond of his hobby of assembling rocket models for many years. After the success of Elon Musk in creating a reusable SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket, Joe got carried away with the same idea of creating a smaller model of a rocket that, after being lifted into the air, would land on the landing pad on its own and gently. He named his rocket Scout F. Barnard posted a video with fascinating footage of the long-awaited flight and landing, which shed light on the complexity of this long-term work.
I started https://t.co/vCxsyQYHo2 almost 7 years ago in the fall of 2015 with the goal to propulsively land a model rocket. I had no background in aero, EE, coding, etc so it took a lot of trial and error, but today I finally stuck the landing 🚀🎉 pic.twitter.com/z3MZfqQWxc
— Joe Barnard 🚀 (@joebarnard) July 24, 2022
“I started this project back in the autumn of 2015 with the aim of vertically landing a rocket model. Not because it is a revolution or a cardinal step in the model of rocket science, but because it is a really cool project. Moreover, I knew that I would learn a lot in the process,” Joe Barnard said.
As soon as Barnard celebrated his triumph, he immediately set new goals for the future. His main dream is to launch a rocket into suborbital space, that is, to an altitude of more than 100 kilometers, where space tourists fly in a New Shepard capsule. The enthusiast also announced the creation of a larger rocket model and a mysterious project called Meat Rocket.
“I’m not going to reveal the secret of what Meat Rocket is. There won’t even be a hint. You’ll find out for yourself when the time comes. But it will be real madness,” Barnard intrigues.
Earlier, we reported on how SpaceX shared a fascinating photo of 33 Raptor engines.
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