Why is NASA so Slow ?

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Many people think that NASA is out of touch and reliant on technology first developed 60 years ago for the Apollo program but is NASA really too slow?.

Why does it seem to take decades to do anything these days when we sent men to the moon from scratch in 7 years and SpaceX and Blue origin are making new rockets at a much faster rate.

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Written & Researched by Andy Munzer
Additional material by Paul Shillito
Footage and Images : NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, NTSB, The White House.
Opening music by Mike Mullen BMI www.positrosmic.com


Curious Droid says:

This video is a result of a conversation Andy and I were having about why it seems to take an age for NASA to get anything done these days. They sent men to the moon in 7 years yet it will be 20 years to get the SLS finally launched if you consider it started with the Constellation program before that was cancelled.
The new style is an experiment in shaking things up a bit with the black and white narration footage but it's not a permanent thing so it will be back to colour for the next one. Also, let me know what you think of the intro.

Destro7000 says:

Are Tortoises ferocious?

samuel Kim says:

Where is Saturn 5 v

Karthika Anand says:

So true. I too have been thinking about this for long. Some people in NASA and administration are making big money by stopping innovation and progress.

Robert Suhrer says:

EMF drive sounds promising without having to carry all that fuel. All you need is electricity. Hope they are seriously looking into that…

Seem to have Forgotten my name says:

Well said at the end there…

SpyTrac HCS says:

NASA lands their space crafts in the Bermuda triangle.

Andrej Sygur says:

Not liking this new format, one thing I hate most is flashy video intros, and especially if they go over 5 seconds. The black and white close up doesn't really help either, this is starting to look like some generic PSA video.

Nicholas Littlejohn says:

And the new anti #gay, anti #climate #NASA administrator, #Bridenstine needs to resign.

Adub 1300 says:

Love the new video format! Do you think SLS will actually fly in 2019? Or will it succumb to red tape?

karlc267 says:

I think they need a more powerful computer for rendering their cartoons if that's what you mean?

ReRe says:

if the future is left in the hands of nasa we will get what we got for the last 60 years, endless money spent and no new technology. private space industry funded by government is showing to be way more productive than government trying to be the space industry

Abraham Edelstein says:

The real reasons is a combination of things that start with N and J that rhyme with Triggers and News.

Rebecca Kelly says:

Fabulous video! The intro is great… I don’t know about the black and white. It’s harder to see the shirt! But i enjoyed the video very much. An excellent topic!

lil'weezy & Conspiracy Girl says:

They learned a fast and harsh lesson after the moon landings. Cash is king. they are now milking the public, like the military does, to keep the cash flowing.

blech71 says:

It’s not NASA. It’s what all the gov. Agencies face….. bureaucracy.
You wouldn’t believe what we face to do the simplest of tasks.
It doesn’t matter if we do it in-house or contract to a company like Ray/NG/LM/BAE etc….
The process of processes takes a crippling amount of time.

DutchWorkingMan says:

Money, money, money, it's so funny.
Got never enough, really it's so tough.

Want to find answers that is likely not to find.
Want to see Mars but who wants to see only red rocks?
Want to leave the planet because they contaminated their own 'house' and don't want to clean it up.
Want to spread the human race but shackles themselves with money…

Yup, most humans are idiots.

penguin master says:

space port in the mojave desert…cool

Carp Andrei says:

Well, Nasa and SpaceX are two very different beasts. And I think that it should stay like this! Sure, it would be nice for NASA to advance at the pace SpaceX does, but the stuff NASA is working on is not the stuff to be hurried up. Others build on the heavy foundation laid by NASA, so let's give credit where credit is due!
SpaceX is driven by the need for profit and gaining a market share to sustain that profit. NASA, while adversely influenced by the 4 year political cycles and what this means for their funding, they can still be sure of some minimum ammount of funding coming their way. And these funds trickle down towards SpaceX, Orbital ATK, ULA and so on…

I understand the frustration with the slow pace of NASA and the fact that money sometimes seem to be going down the drain… but let's also take this into account: space travel is friggin' hard, manned or unmanned. Let's let NASA figure out this stuff as much a possible, at their own pace so that other can build on that knowledge.

Take a look on how slow manned vehicles progress at both Boeing and SpaceX.

Jonathan Cuny says:

There has been legislation proposed to make NASA more resistant to presidential administration changes by givinig control to a 10yr term administrator and a set budget amount each year.

zubmit says:


Bernie Zelvis says:

Not to forget slow and steady NASA managed to rapidly disassemble astronauts 7 at a time.

Kevin McMahon says:

Sell the virtues of NASA so as to integrate it with private enterprise. Yes, I know, NASA is risk averse, but new ideas, materials, procedures, science, projects and visions need to come into play. Old "tried and true" data is useful, share it. Leave delivery systems to private enterprise. Re-fit and re-purpose Hubble Telescope to students. Give NASA the lead in satellite, probes and scopes, and design or next-gen habitats. Bring in Citizen-Science, for there are many a computer idle-times, semi-pro telescopes and home based hardware out there, to be tapped from willing budding geek boys and girls. "My Science Project" should be something students can bring from the world, and into their class-room.

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