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Review: I Was Scared To Say This To NASA... (But I Said It Anyway) - SmarterEveryDay

TL;DR

This is a talk that Destin from Smarter Every Day gave at the 2023 American Astronautical Society von Braun Space Exploration Symposium. Basically, a gathering of higher-ups in the space industry including those responsible for the Artemis mission to take us back to the moon.

The talk is largely about communication and why he doesn't think we'll be able to launch in two years (e.g. at the time of the talk no one knew how many refueling rockets about necessary en-route)

I don't have a good TL;DR because he covers so much ground. Check the notes below or dig into the video yourself.

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The more complex a system is, the more communication you need to make it work.

Notes

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Review: I Was Scared To Say This To NASA... (But I Said It Anyway) - SmarterEveryDay

-- tldr/

This is a talk that Destin from Smarter
Every Day gave at the 2023 American Astronautical Society 
von Braun Space Exploration Symposium. Basically,
a gathering of higher-ups in the space industry
including those responsible for the Artemis mission
to take us back to the moon.

The talk is largely about communication and
why he doesn't think we'll be able to launch 
in two years (e.g. at the time of the talk no
one knew how many refueling rockets about necessary
en-route)

I don't have a good TL;DR because he covers
so much ground. Check the notes below
or dig into the video yourself.

-- /tldr



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-- by: Destin Sandlin 
-- source: Smarter Every Day 293 - I Was SCARED To Say This To NASA... (But I said it anyway)
-- url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoJsPvmFixU

The more complex a system is, the more 
communication you need to make it work.


-- notes

- The title is a little to click-baity for me. If 
it was from someone other than SmarterEveryDay
I wouldn't have clicked it, but I know
their stuff is legit

- Talk was centered on Artemis program going back 
to the moon

- His goal is to take a third-party look at 
Artemis and present it in the talk (but he also
has some strong credentials. He's just not, 
as he says, in the food chain of anyone in the room)

- When looking into it, he saw
potential problems in parts of the architecture 
that folks seem unwilling to talk about. His
speculation about that unwillingness is because
of the political hit folks would take

- When telling folks he was going to do the talk, he
got warned that saying creating things "might
change your relationship with NASA forever"

- Video is mainly playing the talk. The first
part of which is him establishing credibility
as en engineer (since being a youtuber means
little on the professional level to members
of the audience)

- Mentions that he sees it as an exercise 
in rhetoric and shows a graphic with
Logos, Pathos, and Ethos. (~3:00)

- Love that hit points on the slide are 
to: 1. look at the mission differently, 2.
In a world of talkers, be a thinker and
a doer, and 3. Ask the hard questions

- Lot of really good stuff in here that
would basically be me just writing one or
more sentences for everything he says

- Talks about being young on a test range
and thinking tech had advanced so far
there is no way folks would use tanks again
and then how much he still thinks about 
that conversation especially in light of
the current fighting and wars

- Shows the first video they did where they
got a chicken and showed how it's head
stayed centered if you move it around. 
That's what kicked off SmarterEveryDay

- Mentions a couple times that his dad
made him take a business minor which is one
of the reasons the channel has succeeded

- Also, talks about how success comes from
the fact that he looks at things differently.
And after reviewing his stuff, took an engineering
approach to his videos with these drivers:

- Quality over quantity, Be authentic/genuine, 
Add real value to a viewer's life, Be very personal, 
Feel like a conversation, Be humble and fun, 
Be self-aware

- Made a graph (shown at 14:38) plotting 
topic complexity against personality

- Talks about going to meet the president and
when asking folks what questions they would ask
the response was not that they would ask, but
that they would tell the president he wasn't
going to take their guns

- Talks about the interview with the president
and the shift in body language when the president
realizes it's not going to be hostile and is
more a conversation

- Talks about negative feedback. Shows engineering
diagram on how if a system only gets positive
feedback it goes unstable. 

- Takes an engineering perspective. Shows a PID
diagram with feedback in it (I haven't looked
up what PID is yet, but he skips paste it
so I'm going to too)

- Graphic at 19:50

- Gets into the more pointed questions about
24min in that is all about rockets if you're
into that stuff, it's super interesting

- Literally says at one point: I'm gonna tell
you the trick, I'm gonna be the bad guy for 
a bit and then roll around and inspire you 
at the end

- Gets into details about the number of
rockets that would have to be launched
for refueling in transit

- Gets into details about the number of
rockets that would have to be launched
for refueling in transit. and how folks
in the audience seemed not to know. 
Doesn't fault them for that, but talks
about it as an issue of communication

- At the time of the talk, folks didn't
know how many rockets it would take. 
After the talk, someone did a paper and
came up with at least 15

- Points out that we're two years away
from the launch and we still don't
have that number which makes him think
we're not gonna hit the date

- Asks the room to ask themselves individually
if they've read NASA SP 287 - What Made Apollo A 
Success

- <<link|NASA-SP-287 - What Made Apollo A Success|https://history.nasa.gov/SP-287/sp287.htm>>

- <<link|NASA-SP_287|https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19720005243>>

- Goes on to say that given the audience, they
should actually be ashamed if they haven't read it.
It's a playbook that lead to success. 

- Shows his bike demo with the reverse wheel and
talks about how it required thinking differently

- Acknowledges the the architecture is the architecture 
and lots of stuffs locked in, but there's still things
that can be changed

- Says that if someone loses their job for 
identifying a problem that effectively he'd rather live with that
than with something going wrong 

- I doubt I'll be aware of any rumblings this causes, 
but I expect it'll cause some



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