We want NASAology to be a catalyst for change. Change that makes NASA more efficient and less bureaucratic, change that fosters open discussions of how NASA can do more with the resources and trust it’s been given, and ultimately… change that makes NASA great again.
We will do this by . . .
ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS
The first step in any recovery is to recognize there’s a problem. Until we do that, nothing is going to get better. NASA is a shadow of the agency that said, “Failure is not an option” back in the sixties. We take nineteen billion dollars every year from tax paying citizens, yet we can’t launch humans into space. Why is this acceptable? Why is no one holding the agency accountable?
INVESTIGATING NEW IDEAS
The private sector space companies are crushing it. In 2017 alone, the SpaceX built Falcon 9 vehicle blasted off into space eighteen times. Other private sector companies are developing launch vehicles that will carry tourists into low earth orbit. Low cost, robust access to space almost certainly involves partnering with these private companies. The way we built launch vehicles in the past (the way NASA is doing it now on SLS) doesn’t work anymore.
CHALLENGING YOU TO ACT
If you work in the space industry and think your job is safe, think again. When NASA was the only game in town, politicians had no choice but to keep the money flowing (even when we failed to deliver). Those days are over. We have real competition that doesn’t have to get things done in the NASA environment we’ve created. It’s no longer good enough to sit in your cubicle and act like nothing is wrong. There’s no such thing as job security unless we make this place so great that no one can compete against us.
STARTING A MOVEMENT
Making NASA great again won’t be easy. The last NASA Administrator couldn’t deliver a new launch vehicle, nor could the Administrator before that. NASA is so layered with bureaucratic processes and procedures that it’s sometimes hard to get anything done. It’s so bad, in fact, that the Deputy Administrator once said this in a meeting: “It might be easier to shut everything down and restart the agency.”
One person can’t make NASA great again, but maybe thousands can.
Join the movement at NASAology.com.