After our Kickstarter concludes you'll find us at TheSpacePlan.com
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of humanity's first voyage to the Moon, it's appropriate to honor both the Apollo 11 crew and the 400,000 Americans who made their voyage possible. Our team has created a beautiful full-color poster that commemorates their accomplishment and depicts the major milestones achieved by the U.S. and the Soviet Union as we raced each other to the Moon. In addition to our Race To The Moon poster we'll also be updating the Integrated Space Plan to reflect the latest information.
So, what's the Integrated Space Plan? Around 1990 the Integrated Space Plan (ISP) was created by Ron Jones to depict how all the current and future space projects worked together. The original ISP was in black and white and posters could only be acquired at space conferences. After being in suspended animation for over a decade the ISP was brought back to life in 2015. Now the ISP is in full color and available online.
Our Kickstarter project is to research and create a Race To The Moon poster and further update and expand the Integrated Space Plan (ISP) . We do not get support from NASA or big space firms. Our support comes from you, space advocates like ourselves who see the bright future that we do. We have such trust in you that our team has been working on this project for months before even launching this Kickstarter.
The Race To The Moon poster will be a brand new design featuring the 150 main events that occurred in both the U.S. and Soviet space programs from the launch of Sputnik in 1957 through the Moon landing and Skylab, America's first space station!
For readers who grew up in the Space Shuttle era it's hard to truly grasp what America accomplished during the 1960s. When President Kennedy stood before Congress and called on the nation to send people to the Moon, only one U.S. astronaut (Alan Shepard) had ever reached space (in a 15 minute suborbital flight). JFK led the way and an army of 400,000 people got to work. Eight years after Kennedy's speech Apollo 11 landed on the Moon.
To put this in perspective, compare Apollo 11 to Alan Shepard's suborbital flight. The crew size was triple. The mission duration was about 800 times as long, and the distance from Earth was over 2,000 times as far. The whole idea was preposterous. Imagine a U.S. President today calling on Congress to fund a mission to send a crew of 10 out to Jupiter, land on Ganymede, and return safely to the Earth within a decade.
In the years after Apollo there was an unprecedented feeling, a feeling that went beyond our shores to the four corners of the world, that we could do anything. Today people like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson who remember that accomplishment have picked up the torch and are moving forward to open up the Solar System.
Why Is The ISP So Important? Our Time Has Finally Come!
While we honor the incredible accomplishments of heroes like John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin we must recognize that today we stand at the dawn of a new space age that will spawn cities in orbit, on the Moon and on Mars. I know, you've heard similar statements before...but things are different this time.
For all the dozens of arguments for investing in space exploration & development there's primarily one argument against doing so. That argument is that space is extremely expensive. Space operations have been so expensive due to high launch costs, because many items are discarded after a single use, and in many cases only a single item of space hardware is produced.
Over the past decade launch costs have plummeted. Ten years ago the Space Shuttle was launching payloads at a cost of about $10,000 per pound. Today SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is launching payloads at a cost of about $1070 per pound. This means launch costs have been reduced by about 90%!!!
If Launch Costs 90% Less, We Can Build An Exciting Future!
For The First Time We Have Three Paths That Lead To Success!
Since the Apollo Program ended almost 50 years ago there have been many plans to return to the Moon and then go even further to Mars. They all depended on a charismatic President to lead the effort, a supportive Congress to provide the necessary funding, and NASA working with industry to provide the tech needed to do the mission. Since Apollo we have never successfully put all these pieces together.
In recent months the White House announced project Artemis. This exciting project to return people to the Moon by 2024 plans to use the Space Launch System, the Orion Capsule, the Gateway, and a Lunar Lander to get us back to the Moon. While we all hope to see people back on the Moon by 2024, there's no guarantee that Congress will provide the necessary funding.
What make this different from previous efforts is that in addition to the Artemis plan there are two other plans that can also get us back to the Moon in a big way. SpaceX is developing their giant reusable Starship that will be capable of transporting large payloads to the Moon in the mid 2020's. Additionally, Blue Origin is developing two new rockets, New Glenn & New Armstrong in support of Jeff Bezo's plans to access the Moon and build space settlements.
IF ANY OF THESE THREE PLANS SUCCEED WE WILL BE BACK ON THE MOON IN THE 2020s! IF TWO OR THREE OF THE EFFORTS SUCCEED, OUR SPACE FUTURE WILL EXCEED EVERYONE'S EXPECTATIONS!
Where Were You On The Day The Future Began? We're Living In The New Space Age...It's Time To Act Like It!
Why Do We Need An Integrated Space Plan Anyhow?
Back in the 1960s the U.S. and Soviet space programs were the only game in town. Today there are dozens of material government space agencies. There are also hundreds of space companies and an array of university programs and nonprofit activities.
Over $350 billion is invested into space activities each year. Most organizations have an agenda of what they want to do, but many of them don't know what other organizations are planning to do or when their projects may come to fruition. The ISP is a tool to show everyone the broader picture of what other organizations are working on...and what projects and capabilities are coming...and when they will arrive.
The ISP helps organizations evaluate their concepts in light of what others are doing and when markets for their products and services will become available. It also serves as a tool in identifying what proposed government projects make sense and which exist merely to produce pork for various congressional districts.
The ISP Shouldn't Be Managed By NASA, Or A Big Space Firm
It's important that the management of the ISP be an impartial group dedicated to our future in space. While new discoveries, technologies, and emerging markets constantly affect the ISP, the long-term nature of the ISP means that the plan should not be overly impacted by short term changes in the political landscape. Since NASA is controlled by Congress and the White House, it suffers from constant changes in direction that would not be beneficial to the ISP.
Since each major space firm has products and/or services that they need to sell to survive, it's almost impossible for them to be impartial about what should be done in space. Each firm would consciously or unconsciously be biased in favor of their offerings.
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Risks and challenges
The Integrated Space Analytics team has already mounted two successful campaigns in support of the 2015 & 2017 editions of the Integrated Space Plan (ISP). We are familiar with the risks and challenges and have successfully worked our way through them in the past. However, it's possible that some issue beyond our control can happen, so we reserve the right to issue refunds or alternative rewards if necessary.
We have learned to trust the Kickstarter community and the steadfast interest in the ISP that dates back to its founding 30 years ago. Our team has been working on researching the milestones that led to Apollo and the updates needed to the ISP since February.
We will be using many of the same suppliers we've used on our prior two campaigns. This will be a big help in reducing risks for this campaign.
While it's always a risk that the project will take longer than anticipated, we've been through the process twice before and this time we've been working on the research for months before the campaign has even begun. The research for the Race To The Moon project is complete, and we already have a first draft of the poster. On the ISP side we've already researched and updated the plan through 2040, and the future looks brighter than ever.
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