Integrated Space Plan - time for an update! Credit: ISP Kickstarter Team

Integrated Space Plan – time for an update!
Credit: ISP Kickstarter Team

It is called the Integrated Space Plan or ISP for short.

In the late 1980s, an ISP was drafted by Ron Jones, then at the aerospace giant, Rockwell International. The sweeping look into the future was developed to give a visual representation showing how the major space infrastructure elements fit together.

Fast forward to today. Things have changed!

In total, there are more than 50 national space programs. Now toss in more than 100 commercial space efforts while adding to the mix “big ideas” like asteroid mining, space elevators, space-based solar power, settlement of the Moon and Mars, and trekking outward to distant stars and their planetary systems.

Space visionaries

A quest to launch a new ISP is underway via Kickstarter, a way to fully update the plan and blueprint the extraordinary events likely to come over the next century.

“I was recently contacted by a group interested in reviving the ISP through a crowdfunding campaign,” said Jones, a member of a newly formed ISP Kickstarter Team of space visionaries.

Crowdfunding is a new way to raise funds and awareness for creative ventures, he said.

“The idea is, instead of going to one person — like a venture capitalist — to raise a lot of money, with today’s social media, you can reach out to a lot of people for a little financial support and this new ‘Kickstarter’ project is the result,” Jones said.

Integrated Space Plan - roadmap for humanity's space future. Credit: Ron Jones/ISP Kickstarter Team

Integrated Space Plan – roadmap for humanity’s space future.
Credit: Ron Jones/ISP Kickstarter Team

Future phase

The plan is to produce an updated version of the ISP that reflects the many changes in the space industry since the 1990’s.

Moreover, a future ISP phase is to create an interactive online version that will be regularly updated – taking advantage of modern advances in information technology and visualization. 

Once established, the online version will allow users increased research capabilities into ISP elements and give users around the world the ability to more directly contribute to the evolving vision of how humanity may logically expand into space.

Instructive guide

Joining Jones in the effort, Integrated Space Analytics will update the ISP with the latest developments in the space industry, including its increased internationalization and commercialization.

The ISP is seen as a valuable tool for understanding the desired space infrastructure, its influence on the global economy, and an instructive guide for gauging humanity’s future in space.

Giant sized Integrated Space Plan. Credit: ISP Kickstarter Team

Giant sized Integrated Space Plan.
Credit: ISP Kickstarter Team

For more information on this unique project, go to:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/486671231/integrated-space-plan-envisioning-humanitys-future

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