Supply Chain to Mars Webseries
The new frontier of business has arrived! Follow us on our journey to establish a supply chain for the Mars colony!
With all this buzz about one-way missions to Mars and the colonization of a new planet, it is easy to get lost in the sci-fi-becomes-reality hype. But what exactly are those first brave colonists going to eat? Are they really going to be 100% self-sustaining? What are they going to do about waste and recyclables? What if a colonist just goes nuts?
Laura and Jim, your supply chain and economics experts, are here to analyze this fascinating new business frontier. With a combined 30+ years of the best supply chain experience, we are going to tackle the toughest logistical and operations problems from reverse supply chains to risk management, in the greatest unknown man has dared to explore.
In this 5-episode webseries, we will evaluate the various aspects and challenges of creating and maintaining a reliable supply chain to (and from) Mars, relating the solutions back to concepts that can be applied here on Earth.
What are we going to eat? - Forecasting requirements and safety buffers for long lead times
Asteroids, malfunctions and weather delays, oh my! - Risk management in a complex environment
Hello, world? - Kanban signals across physical distances
Recycle Mars - Reverse supply chain opportunities and best practices
If you want it, grow it! - Make or buy decisions, MRP models and economic order quantities
Our findings and additional research will be poured into a book which we expect to self-publish by the end of the year.
The money from the Kickstarter will primarily go towards research materials, as well as technical costs like hosting and application fees.
Risks and challenges
There are very little risks to this project, barring an immediate evacuation to Mars. If funded, we will be able to buy books pertaining to space travel and colonization, and let our creativity flow from there. Perhaps the largest risk is just a matter of timing; some writing projects take longer than expected and we want to deliver the best quality rewards to our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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