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News Flash: STRETCH GOAL ESTABLISHED - If the campaign reaches $22,500 we'll be able to add a hyperlink to each of the hundreds of boxes on the updated ISP making it both more interesting and useful than ever before!
News Flash: National Space Society Backs ISP Campaign!
News Flash: All Backers at the $25 level or higher will get a free 1 year membership to the Space Frontier Foundation. New "package" rewards posted including international shipping option.
In the late 1980s, an Integrated Space Plan (ISP) was developed to give a visual representation showing how the major space infrastructure elements fit together (see image below). The original plan by Ron Jones at Rockwell International adorned many walls at research institutions, universities, and aerospace companies, and even the wall of the NASA administrator’s office. We understand that a few copies of the ISP are still to be found on the walls of some NASA Field Centers.
Now it is time to revisit the ISP and fully update it for the remarkable events coming over the next century! But updating the plan is just the first step, we have much more planned...
Many people talk about “The Space Program” but there are many different efforts to move humanity to the stars. Of course the United States has its projects, but so do the various nations of the European Space Agency, Russia, China, Japan and India. Many people don’t know that there are more than 50 national space programs!
To add to this confusion, there are more than 100 commercial efforts to develop space capabilities. These range from launch providers to a host of supporting technologies and contractor companies. Many non-profits, and academic research programs are also heavily involved in this field. Then we consider the ‘big ideas’ that are space programs in their own right, like asteroid mining, space elevators, space stations, space-based solar power, and settlement of the Moon and Mars.
Joining with Ron Jones, Integrated Space Analytics will update the ISP with the latest developments in the space industry, including its increased internationalization and commercialization. The ISP will also be published on a public website to allow in-depth exploration of the connections across the entire industry. It will be a valuable tool for people in the industry to understand the desired space infrastructure, and its influence on our economy.
Our goal is to introduce to the public the breadth and complexity of our efforts on space exploration and development. For that purpose, this project will re-introduce the Integrated Space Plan format and its benefits as a visualization tool. We will update the ISP to reflect today’s programs and the current view of how our future in space will develop. It will be inclusive in nature containing commercial, national, academic, military, and non-profit projects. The associated website will be interactive, with discussion groups and other feedback mechanisms. Most importantly, the ISP will show which projects are most urgent and must be prioritized because they are the building blocks our future will be based on.
What are the rewards of our campaign? Our main tangible reward is your very own copy of the Integrated Space Plan...large, or GIANT in size. The reward to everyone is an updated online version of the ISP...so the whole world knows what our future in space can and should be!
The ISP, originally created toward the end of the Cold War between the USA and the USSR, was a symbol of hope. It was an acknowledgement of our common human goals. The ISP was intended to portray the global vision of the worldwide space leadership regarding our future in space, back to the Moon, then on toward Mars, asteroids, and eventually to other stars. The Integrated Space Plan understood, implicitly, that the only way to develop lunar and martian bases, large space stations, space elevators, space based solar power systems, and to harvest asteroids, was have a system that depicted who was planning to provide various capabilities...and when. Anything this complex does indeed require a complex planning capability. The updated ISP will be a valuable tool in both comprehending the challenges and opportunities ahead, but also the interconnected nature of space development.
Our new, soon-to-be updated Integrated Space Plan will remain firmly fixed on those same ideas. The updated ISP will show how the various pieces of our future space architecture can work together. Since the last update of the plan, much of the content, like the International Space Station for example, has gone from science fiction to technological reality; and the vision of the future where commercial firms help lead the way into space has come to pass. In the early days of the space race there were two nations participating; there are now over a dozen nations funding large scale space efforts. The Integrated Space Plan matters because it is the roadmap for the future of humanity.
Why is it important to revive the Integrated Space Plan now? Not since the Apollo program has the United States defined a common vision for space architecture development. This has impacted the space programs of many nations. As a result, the global space program lacks consensus on goals, and the leadership to push the boundaries of this frontier.
Each commercial, academic and national space program, taken collectively, adds to the worldwide effort to go to space. Each has their own plan, and each operates from their own agenda and with their own resources. This is a good thing! This makes for a vibrant, varied and continually expanding global space program. It is our hope that a revived ISP that takes advantage of the power of the Internet can help build an international understanding of long-term goals and near term objectives. The Integrated Space Plan 2.0 will show how each of these independent efforts fits within this larger context. This will help shape a global vision and an intelligently defined stepping-stone approach to expansion into space.
Why are we raising funding on Kickstarter?
For the updated Integrated Space Plan to have any purpose, people have to see it. Kickstarter is a great way to introduce a product to a lot of people, in a short period of time, and on a tight budget. In other words...perfect for us.
What will we do with the money we raise?
Well, a good chunk of it will be used for printing and mailing out the ISP itself for our backers’ rewards, and of course some goes to our generous hosts at Kickstarter and Amazon for providing this crowdfunding opportunity. The remainder will go to for the purpose of making, maintaining, and expanding the uses of the updated Integrated Space Plan. Doing the actual update of the ISP will be a lot of fun for space nuts like us, but we also understand that it is going to be a very large and complicated task. Lucky for us, we have the creator of the original ISP onboard to help guide the process! We also know a lot of people in the space industry who are doing much of the actual work that the ISP describes – and many of these people have pledged their support to help make the ISP as complete and accurate as possible. Even though we’ll be donating a lot of time into this effort ourselves, we know there will be costs involved along the way. Once the ISP is updated, we have an even more ambitious use for it. We will be posting an interactive version of the ISP online! We also have several additional planned features that we’re going to keep under our hats for now ;)
And finally, after this current update is completed, we intend to keep updating the ISP on a regular basis to make sure it continues to be an accurate reflection of current and anticipated events for space development. We’ve calculated that our $18,000 goal is enough to get us into the volume printing discounts for the ISP posters and still have the resources needed to create and maintain a solid interactive website.
If we raise significantly more than our goal through this Kickstarter effort, then we will be able to make the ISP a much more expansive resource with some really great additional educational and space industry specific capabilities.
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Why is the Integrated Space Plan so desperately needed...because a picture is worth a thousand words!
* In the period around 1990 when the Integrated Space Plan was developed and released to the public it was embraced by many of the space community's top leaders. These are a few of the quotes from the ISP's debut.
Risks and challenges
The space community is composed of a large number of very bright people with differing opinions on priorities, destinations, mission architectures, and fundamental objectives. The primary challenge of our project is to survey the collective knowledge of the community and synthesize it into a form that the majority of the community will embrace.
The primary risk of our campaign is that it will take longer than projected to do the necessary research, achieve internal consensus on the results, and publish our findings in poster form and online.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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