What is BPS?
Barnard Propulsion Systems develops model rocketry components, aimed at closely matching the pace of advancement in the space-launch industry. Learning by experimentation is the most effective way to gain a deep understanding of new concepts, which is why providing hands-on experience with advanced rocketry components is important for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and astronauts.
My name is Joe Barnard, and I’m all self taught. I studied music production in college, and after seeing the ambition of SpaceX, and the excitement in the new space industry, I was hooked. I wanted to work in aerospace, but knew it would be a challenge getting a job with no experience. I started BPS in 2015 to achieve VTVL of what was supposed to be a scale model Falcon 9 rocket, figuring that a display of similar ambition and achievement against decent odds would impress SpaceX and might get me a job. Since beginning the project, the focus of BPS has shifted. VTVL is still a primary goal, but the aim now is to use it to continue development in the advanced rocketry community.