Having been a devout rocketry nerd as a teen, I am in awe of what amateur rocketeers are accomplishing with today’s readily-available technology. And then there’s this guy
. Joe Barnard is really pushing the envelope as he tries to, among other things, create fully functional model rocket version of ships like the Falcon Heavy and experiments with vector thrust control, silo launching, and landing model rockets. Impressive, jaw-dropping stuff. Joe also sells model rocket flight avionics based on his experiments.
Joe is doing all of this, among other reasons, to try and show off his amateur engineering and rocket science skills to SpaceX. He’s looking for a job. Years ago, Make:’s Dale Dougherty and I had a conversation about how precocious maker kids in the future will have a body of impressive projects online to use as a portfolio for getting into a college or seeking a job. This looks like that idea in action. SpaceX, hire this guy!