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Suggestion #02:  don't have "fear" to adopt new ideas and innovative design

In '60s and '70s, NASA was one of the world leader in technology not only for Space but also about develop new materials, for its aeronautics research, for medical studies of life in extreme conditions, the astronomy, etc. and many NASA programs have, also, forced the aerospace and hi-tech companies to the development of new vehicles, space flight technologies, electronics, computers, new alloys, hardware devices for Space, etc. that would otherwise have been invented, developed and produced only many decades later!

The ability of NASA to innovate and to use the best technology available have produced things like the Saturn-5, the Apollo missions, Space Shuttle, Mars rovers, Hubble, Space exploration probes, etc. but, unfortunately, in last decade (especially after the Columbia accident) NASA seems have lost great part of its "vocation" for innovation, or, worst, it looks like it has "fear" to innovate and to adopt new designs, ideas, advanced concepts and architectures, in the attempt to avoid to make "mistakes".

This is the main reason why the "new" NASA program for the next two decades is just a redesign and a remake of the successful Apollo program with similar vehicles, similar rockets, similar architectures, similar (sortie-only) missions, etc. and this is (also) the reason why NASA hasn't adopted any deep innovation in its ESAS plan but has adopted mainly Saturn/Apollo/Shuttle-derived hardware in the attempt to be sure to succeed.

So, my 2nd suggestion, for HSFPC and NASA is: don't have "fear" to adopt new ideas and innovative design to have better vehicles, missions and scientific results, but, of course, always evaluate deeply all innovations before adopt them to avoid to burn lots of billion$ to develop dead-end projects like the X-33 or the HL-20.

 

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In '60s and '70s, NASA was one of the world leader in technology not only for Space but also about develop new materials, for its aeronautics research, for medical studies of life in extreme conditions, the astronomy, etc. and many NASA programs have, also, forced the aerospace and hi-tech companies to the development of new vehicles, space flight technologies, electronics, computers, new alloys, hardware devices for Space, etc. that would otherwise have been invented, developed and produced only many decades later!

The ability of NASA to innovate and to use the best technology available have produced things like the Saturn-5, the Apollo missions, Space Shuttle, Mars rovers, Hubble, Space exploration probes, etc. but, unfortunately, in last decade (especially after the Columbia accident) NASA seems have lost great part of its "vocation" for innovation, or, worst, it looks like it has "fear" to innovate and to adopt new designs, ideas, advanced concepts and architectures, in the attempt to avoid to make "mistakes".

This is the main reason why the "new" NASA program for the next two decades is just a redesign and a remake of the successful Apollo program with similar vehicles, similar rockets, similar architectures, similar (sortie-only) missions, etc. and this is (also) the reason why NASA hasn't adopted any deep innovation in its ESAS plan but has adopted mainly Saturn/Apollo/Shuttle-derived hardware in the attempt to be sure to succeed.

So, my 2nd suggestion, for HSFPC and NASA is: don't have "fear" to adopt new ideas and innovative design to have better vehicles, missions and scientific results, but, of course, always evaluate deeply all innovations before adopt them to avoid to burn lots of billion$ to develop dead-end projects like the X-33 or the HL-20.

 


                                     


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