NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander - Smarter Every Day 252

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  1. SmarterEveryDay

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    A huge thank you to everyone who supports on Patreon at!

  2. Alex Shepherd

    Alex Shepherdיום לפני

    Destin, do you think the Ingenuity helicopter could blow the dust off InSight's solar panels?

  3. Man4man Jr.

    Man4man Jr.20 ימים לפני

    @Akash Das oo

  4. the bystanderd

    the bystanderd27 ימים לפני

    Please do rail guns... I know the military has one in development lol

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  6. RadicalSunnyBunny

    RadicalSunnyBunnyחודש לפני

    Your one of my favorite ILminesrs. Your so fun to watch and I appreciate what you make, and I appreciate what you do.

  7. preben ølkær

    preben ølkær3 שעות לפני

    ADDRESS THE REAL ISSUE !! THEY ARE USING WATER TO FLYYY!!!! All this "safe the climate" they know how to do it.. And they are just earning money on ECO products on the people.. !!

  8. SpeedrunnerG55

    SpeedrunnerG556 שעות לפני

    how does this change with starship?

  9. krige

    krige9 שעות לפני

    What's the brand and model of the hard drive at 3:22?

  10. Ryan Linden

    Ryan Lindenיום לפני

    Actual flight experiences are 1000x better than just seeing something done.

  11. Rick Pontificates

    Rick Pontificatesיום לפני

    Just amazing that they went to the moon with a computer that had less memory and less computing power than a cheap $10 calculator

  12. Julian1701

    Julian17012 ימים לפני

    The lander sounded kinda like chitty chitty bang bang to me

  13. jables3377

    jables33772 ימים לפני

    16:45 OK, somebody has to incorporate that beat into a song for the channel!!!

  14. anulbonecrusher

    anulbonecrusher2 ימים לפני

    Now that Space X's Starship has been chosen as the Lunar Lander, what would you want from that now? Still the same? Is starship even designed in a way to allow a human pilot to operate it even if all controls are added?

  15. bradar bradar

    bradar bradar3 ימים לפני

    this comment has nothing to do with this video, but i'm commenting it here because i just watched a video by veritasium about measuring the speed of light. you kind of gave the answer when you proposed using wheeled optical fiber, because you could solve this problem by arranging the optical fiber like the slinky spring toy. i made this comment on his channel as well. maybe one of you two could do this experiment.

  16. Mohammad Reyaz

    Mohammad Reyaz4 ימים לפני


  17. Shawn

    Shawn4 ימים לפני

    Fun fact: the lunar lander WAS robotic. Excepting the Apollo 11 mission, where the ascent radar wasn’t switched off (and overloading the computer), the navigation computer was capable of completing the landing autonomously. The only intervention required by the pilot was in selecting the landing site.

  18. Moein Taherkhani

    Moein Taherkhani5 ימים לפני

    About options for controlling the lander, I'm hoping that in the near future, with the surge in brain-computer interface technology (Thanks to Neuralink mostly!) it'll be feasible to control a lander (or many other semi-autonomous systems for that matter) merely by brain signals.

  19. Guido Haverkort

    Guido Haverkort6 ימים לפני

    16:44 that felt like a music festival openings sequence

  20. Teddy

    Teddy6 ימים לפני

    Me a ksp intellectual: *WASD*

  21. William Andrews

    William Andrews7 ימים לפני

    Hey Dustin, is it possible to take say something similar to bungee cord attached to the top of the lander and apply just enough tension to simulate the different gravity of different planet's? just for the practice landing/flying

  22. Andy C

    Andy C7 ימים לפני

    Hydrogen peroxide used for the might eagle was also used as a fuel for the Me 163 and the German type XVII submarine

  23. Michael Zdanis

    Michael Zdanis7 ימים לפני

    Obviously these are some very smart people working on this project. But the number of checks and the incredible focus on safety above all else is why Elon Musk and SpaceX are eating NASA's lunch. They've just bought a big enough piece of property and are willing to crash some, or even a lot, of prototypes in order to move fast. Witness Starship.

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  26. I SEE You

    I SEE You9 ימים לפני


  27. Mohamed Rezine

    Mohamed Rezine9 ימים לפני

    are u trying to convince me that Neil Armstrong managed to control MANUALLY his landing on the moon by using 60s technology?

  28. Erwin Bordallo

    Erwin Bordallo9 ימים לפני

    Thanks, Destin, for all the great videos you provide. I'm intrigued every time I tune in! Keep up the fantastic work!

  29. Watchmakuh

    Watchmakuh10 ימים לפני

    Flute anything with enough water and it would be safe....eventually

  30. TheNiteinjail

    TheNiteinjail10 ימים לפני

    use the best took for the job... humans hand flying a vehicle is probably a long way down the list of being the best tool for that job.

  31. Quatrix

    Quatrix10 ימים לפני

    I think the EGC thruster concept is really cool, but I don't understand how it would work at different attitudes? Wouldn't it's thrust vector introduce sideways drift as the vehicle tilts? Like, if you subtract the EGCT force vector from the gravity vector you should get a "simulated gravity vector". But since the EGCT vector rotates with the vehicle, the simulated gravity vector would appear to not point straight down all the time. Is that dealt with in software? If so, why use a EGCT at all and not just do the entire gravity spoofing in software?

  32. tsartomato

    tsartomato11 ימים לפני

    when software creates a catastrophic mistake it's because of a bug when human creates a catastrophic mistake it says "trust me i know what i'm doing"

  33. S Games

    S Games11 ימים לפני

    How is this new? The first lunar landing and soft landing where both by the Soviet Union back in the day.

  34. Corey A

    Corey A12 ימים לפני

    Why not do a physical lander robot with a remote simulated cockpit so the LLTV dangers are eliminated?

  35. Martin Link-Cole

    Martin Link-Cole12 ימים לפני

    Please make a video about your family

  36. Gustav Calder

    Gustav Calder12 ימים לפני

    The legend says in 20 years NASA is still trying to return to the Moon.

  37. Israel Martinez

    Israel Martinez12 ימים לפני

    So that's why they named Cooper like that in Interstellar, and that's also why the climax of most of it is Humans(Copper) overriding computers(TARS) for the toughest parts and getting computers to act as an appendix of the genius of humans. That was deep. Copper Harper Test. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Remco Booy

    Remco Booy13 ימים לפני

    @15:09 the old man with the bag of chips...LOL...

  39. Edward Wu

    Edward Wu13 ימים לפני

    Love the use of female pronouns! Creating an environment to encourage more women to join the domain. You're awesome

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  41. David N

    David N13 ימים לפני

    It will melt your face

  42. zapfanzapfan

    zapfanzapfan14 ימים לפני

    16:45 That thing has a good beat, kind of like a steam engine... which it sort of is :-)

  43. Keatrith Amakiir

    Keatrith Amakiir14 ימים לפני

    "Just the nitrogen pushing on the peroxide. Real simple".....................

  44. Kornpatch

    Kornpatch14 ימים לפני

    People wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on something that could be simulated by a computer program, why don’t design a lunar lander simulator

  45. cheese

    cheese11 ימים לפני

    are you an idiot almost sim is completely correct

  46. Blake R

    Blake R14 ימים לפני

    1960's: Decide to go to the moon and do it in less than 10 years. 2010's-2020's: Decide to return to the moon, and spend 10 years trying to understand how a lander works. And go woke referring to prospective lander pilot as "she." What would Elon Musk say. Speed up, you move too slow, you gotta make it to the show. NASA has become a bloated unaccountable govt bureaucracy. The shot of the fat guy sitting watching while eating junk is emblematic of what NASA has become. When NASA was put in charge of studying surface of Earth, we could see the problem, but nobody objected. What does studying life on Earth have to do with space? Typical fed govt mission creep. Dumber every day? Might make for an interesting episode to address those issues. Yes, I'm trolling you, but for a good reason. Think and share.

  47. ColdSphinX

    ColdSphinX14 ימים לפני

    Rule no1: never mumble when saying "the mighty eagle" or people might understand "the mighty evil" 😂

  48. Mark Angel Arcangel

    Mark Angel Arcangel14 ימים לפני


  49. Kenton Nigrelli

    Kenton Nigrelli14 ימים לפני

    Just use software exclusively, that way it's easier to fake.

  50. jamcdonald120

    jamcdonald12014 ימים לפני

    1:10 Not a chance, the computer would do the landing

  51. John Martin

    John Martin14 ימים לפני

    Experience of automation in aviation up to the day says that autopilot is more precise than humans, and (most importantly) is more reliable. The only reason a human is needed in the cockpit is when things don't go as planned - the automatics is helpful only in "standard" situations which it has an algorithm programmed for. So the weakness of automation is only in the lack of versatility. But for a very specific mission like a lunar landing, which doesn't have as great variety of scenarios as daily aviation, a good coverage can be achieved easily. Therefore having computers at control at all times *is* the way forward. Training a human to do this job ("just in case") would be a waste of resource. Human skills would be more valuable making high-level decisions (where to land) while leaving the low-level job (how to land) to the machine. So I'd say don't even bother training humans to fly the lander.

  52. Valkyrie

    Valkyrie15 ימים לפני

    You are so good at asking the right questions. I love you're videos

  53. João Vitor M. Roma

    João Vitor M. Roma15 ימים לפני

    "It's basically steam" Steampunk gang developing a lunar lander, I'm so proud :')

  54. Sam Middleton

    Sam Middleton15 ימים לפני

    Destin literally doesn't age! Insane!

  55. Crazy man

    Crazy man15 ימים לפני

    It' Ironic that the video said day 252 but the first day is more then 5 years

  56. HTM Motoring

    HTM Motoring15 ימים לפני

    Dude whats the secret?? You dont get old 😂😂

  57. Akshat Sharma

    Akshat Sharma16 ימים לפני

    Hey Dustin a request can you please put a lite tune or background song it feels kind a boring without the background song or tunes ?

  58. Fab

    Fab16 ימים לפני

    it's very safe, not toxic at all... 2 minutes later.. "yeah, it will melt your face off" lol - i do it i get it, but just funny..

  59. Niel Venter

    Niel Venter16 ימים לפני

    is the earth gravity cancelling throttle gimballed to compensate for the rotation of the craft to simulate gravity downwards irrespective of the vehicles rotation?

  60. Anakin Skyobiliviator

    Anakin Skyobiliviator16 ימים לפני

    Like self driving cars, an automated lunar landsr might be favorable but keep the human in the loop!

  61. Michael MacGyver

    Michael MacGyver16 ימים לפני

    I'm leaving a comment to interact and show my support of the channel.

  62. Gregory Havenga

    Gregory Havenga16 ימים לפני

    That's an inventive use of a couple of TekScope carts at the end - I have one in my office and no, there's not a scope on it anymore ;)

  63. Kirk Harwood

    Kirk Harwood17 ימים לפני

    I get your hesitance about stability augmentation, but these systems are highly reliable on aircraft, to the point no pilot wants to turn them off... At least outside of a controlled test. The point is if we want the ability to turn the SAS off, we’re saying we don’t have confidence in it and we need to continue testing and developing the system until we do. At least that’s the perspective of this flight test engineer.

  64. BaHu

    BaHu17 ימים לפני

    He looks better with beard

  65. hawkdsl

    hawkdsl17 ימים לפני

    Well... NASA has contracted this out (The lander), so why are they even bothering to use NASA personnel to do these test, when the contractors will have to do this testing on unique to them hardware? Self guidance is going to need a real landing site simulator that is comparable to the Nevada Lunar Test Site. Placing rocks on the ply-wood sheets aint going to cut it. Is there even hardware to test at this time by anyone yet? the first landing is supposed to be in 2024. They better get cracking.

  66. Logan Thomure

    Logan Thomure17 ימים לפני

    These landers work so different than quadcopters yet the tests are similiar to how our college multirotor team took each step with our code. It is awesome to see that!

  67. jacob sack

    jacob sack18 ימים לפני

    any other climbers watching this? i noticed his t-shirt straight away😂

  68. Jim Payne

    Jim Payne18 ימים לפני

    when those thrusters start testing = Oh DANG... Drum Line is about to get SERIOUS!!!

  69. Jeremiah Mauricio

    Jeremiah Mauricio18 ימים לפני

    Destin, I'm going to offer you a third option. Why not use the miniatures and test data to develop a simulator? A full motion simulator would allow for a wider variety of simulations, moon, Mars, etc. that would allows us to many more hours of simulation training for astronauts.

  70. Moto Nugget

    Moto Nugget18 ימים לפני

    I agree, in Elite Dangerous you have advanced docking computers and super cruise computers that can fly for you, but you'll still need to battle different gravity on different planets and your ship responds far differently in these environments, if you aren't prepared your ship will go smashing into the surface of the planet. It all changes like you said. A highly trained piolet will need to be on that lander to take over if the software fails. Also the way the lander tests its thrusters sounds like its about to drop a sick beat lmao

  71. Chris From SouthAus

    Chris From SouthAus18 ימים לפני

    16:55 ME's got rhythm!

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  73. Ivan Sitorus

    Ivan Sitorus18 ימים לפני

    Destin : yeah, you are smart, you know whats goong to happen Me : looking through comment to become smart Ps. Im not smart

  74. Nismosaki

    Nismosaki18 ימים לפני

    Prove the earth isn't flat. Finally put these flat earthers to rest!

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  77. R Snow

    R Snow18 ימים לפני

    This is NASA now? Where are the suites and ties and horn rimmed glasses and cigarettes and black coffee? These guys look like the work for twitter.

  78. Frank Boschma

    Frank Boschma19 ימים לפני

    Where do you find that book? I want to read all about Hydrogen Peroxide into Rocket Fuel.

  79. A M

    A M19 ימים לפני

    You need to go to Biosphere 2. And learn about lunar greenhouses. It's in Arizona.

  80. Chris Roubis

    Chris Roubis19 ימים לפני

    the space travel hoax continues.. even though NASA admits they cannot fly past low earth orbit. Buzz Aldrin admitted to an 8 year old girl, they never landed on the moon... beat that.

  81. HeatsOkay

    HeatsOkay14 ימים לפני

    no, they never admitted that. They admitted they have to test their technology past the radiation belts to verify they are well protected before sending men and women up again. Also that argument of "They cant get past LEO" kinda debunks space deniers claims that the ISS cant exist, considering its in LEO. 2 FOR 1 debunk on space deniers 😁

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  83. ayman naes

    ayman naes19 ימים לפני

    I think the that the Lunar Lander would be really good the way you explained it. so It should have a sort of Autopilot like in most of the airplanes we fly today where you also can Autoland with them but you also have to have a minimum where you have to disengage the autopilot and hand fly the thing whenever you feel uncomfortable with the Autopilot or in case of an emergency . And this was a great video for someone studying mechanical engineering, aviation aviation enthusiast and space lover. Than you!

  84. Alexander Sannikov

    Alexander Sannikov19 ימים לפני

    that thing produces something like 100kg of hot unreacted oxygen. isn't that, like, crazy dangerous?

  85. Sawcon Deeznuts

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  86. Robert K Brooks

    Robert K Brooks20 ימים לפני

    I LOVE IT. NASA will love it too. Retired AeroSpace Designer, GEAEGB.

  87. Pokemonmaster529

    Pokemonmaster52920 ימים לפני

    The only place human-controlled systems should be given is in the failure mode where hardware can no longer operate normally and pilots should be trained as such. Humans are too big of a liability, and safety is number one. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, but let's take risk out with some triple or quadruple modular redundancy, eh?

  88. Graeme Forbes

    Graeme Forbes20 ימים לפני

    12:30 So, if we wanted to practice landing on other planets, just adjust that valve?

  89. EVA_Unit_4A

    EVA_Unit_4A20 ימים לפני

    The Closed Captions need some work...

  90. Victor Wilson Rizzo

    Victor Wilson Rizzo20 ימים לפני

    Hi Destin! I have a question about the EGC thruster... how can it cancel part of the earth's gravity when the lander is going sideways? Does it have thrust vectoring to keep the force in the oposite direction of the gravity pull?

  91. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore20 ימים לפני

    Hydrogen peroxide in the environment means a lot of dumb blonde animals.

  92. bkzwolf

    bkzwolf20 ימים לפני

    Does the egc pivot? I couldn't tell

  93. Magnus / spetz

    Magnus / spetz20 ימים לפני

    I tried Kiwico because of one of your videos. Unfortunately, Kiwico does not deliver to Norway. I subscibed to their service and over time payed for two crates, they said they sendt 5 or 6 crates over the months I was emailing them back and forth to get it sorted out. But Kiwico kept sending new crates seemingly without checking what had actually happened to all the previous crates... I never received any crates, I stopped emailing them because they would just say that they've sendt another crate for free, which never arrives...

  94. Max anders

    Max anders20 ימים לפני

    the question is economical is it realistic training a pilot to land will it be cheaper to lose the pilot and redo this than paying for years of training, in my personal testing its always better to lose a kerbal and just redo the mission

  95. Max anders

    Max anders20 ימים לפני

    so u wanna work at nasa? show me your best imitaion of a dinosaur

  96. Unotch

    Unotch20 ימים לפני

    Mighty Eagle Program?? Nah ... it's called Kerbal Space Program and probably all of us could land a lunar vehicle by now. ^^

  97. Ferdinand Olan

    Ferdinand Olan21 יום לפני

    Hey Destin, I know I'm a bit Late for Other Video Topics, but I am curious about Kalman-Filter. Or more precisely how do you measure the position of your Spacecraft if you can't trust your measurement. And how Nasa is solving that Problem with new technology. Could be interesting, I certainly would love to hear about it.

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  99. SuperStewie

    SuperStewie21 יום לפני

    If the new moon program is anything like the other post shuttle human flight programs, I suspect that if a human has to manually fly it's a bad day. Regardless, they should train to land on the moon however they are going to land on the moon. Back in Apollo that was completely manually. In Artemis, it looks like it's going to be nearly entirely automated.

  100. West Georgia Cornhole

    West Georgia Cornhole21 יום לפני

    I don’t know how often you read these comments , but I watch your videos with my boys every time you publish a new one. Out of all the things God has blessed you with, the thing that always impresses me most is your humility. You are very intelligent, you care about your family, and you have an unceasing desire to learn which is wonderful, but your understanding of who you are in the grand scheme of creation is a rare thing to see. Keep it up :)

  101. Nathaniel Arbizu

    Nathaniel Arbizu21 יום לפני

    Why isn't both software and human landing testing done on a simulator? Is it too difficult to modify a flight sim to do this?

  102. Generator

    Generator22 ימים לפני

    The only problem with the argument that the pilot should fly the lander is that it is far too complex and counter intuitive with no room for error. Even Armstrong didn’t fly it, he gave the lander software the target destination and the software did the flying.

  103. GrafRucola

    GrafRucola22 ימים לפני

    It’s basically steamed hams

  104. Stephen Pauley

    Stephen Pauley22 ימים לפני

    QUESTION FOR DESTIN: When you snuff out a candle by putting the lid on it, why does the flame leave the wick and ascend upwards as it goes out?

  105. Leo

    Leo22 ימים לפני

    16:45 Looks like me, 2hours of preparation, 2seconds of pleasure 🤦‍♂️

  106. Blaze2Go

    Blaze2Go22 ימים לפני

    im still waiting for the bass drop.

  107. Alan Vermillion Sr

    Alan Vermillion Sr23 ימים לפני

    Dual landing systems are a must. Go in on auto, but be ready to take over.