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Integrated Space Plan: Crowdsourcing the Future

Integrated Space Plan
This image shows the main timeline section of the Integrated Space Plan, 2015 Edition.
(Image: © Integrated Space Analytics)

Here's a way to take part in shaping humankind's up and going trajectory into space. The crowdsourced Integrated Space Plan – an evolutionary matrix of capabilities — is billed as "the most comprehensive vision of the next 100 years of space development ever produced" – compiled into a single graphic.

Space history 101

In the late 1980s, Ron Jones – then working for Rockwell International – created the first Integrated Space Plan (ISP), a visual representation showing how major space infrastructure elements fit together.

Now a founding team member at Integrated Space Analytics, Jones continues to draw upon his architectural aplomb as an aerospace professional with 25 years of experience primarily at NASA, Martin Marietta, Rockwell, and Boeing.

Integrated Space Analytics was created by the Space Finance Group (SFG) in 2014. Members of SFG believed in the importance of the original Integrated Space Plan as a vehicle for teaching people about space.

A successful Kickstarter project campaign last summer made possible the funding of a new edition of the Plan. At present, work is progressing on developing a website that is an active and growing information resource for space professionals and others.

Excerpt of past 4.0 space future, circa 1997. (Image credit: Integrated Space Analytics)

Guideposts up ahead!

The Integrated Space Plan is better described as a set of guideposts for things that will be needed, rather than a flowchart. The ISP is available in full-color poster format, but is also available for the first time through an interactive website.

Indeed, thanks to the Internet, a specially created website offers the Integrated Space Plan 2015, an edition that includes blocks linked to a page about the topic of the block.

"We encourage ideas and feedback from the global aerospace community as we begin to apply crowdsourcing techniques to human expansion into space," notes Gary Bickford, Chief Technical Officer of Integrated Space Analytics (ISA).

"Over the next year, ISA will continue the Integrated Space Plan’s development with emphasis on Earth-moon transportation architecture and lunar base definition needs," Jones explains, "where the private sector is likely to play an evolving role."

Adds Steven Jorgenson, Chief Financial Officer and Venture Capital advisor of ISA: “One of our objectives is to offer the private sector insights into areas of future participation in space development.”

For more information on the Integrated Space Plan, go to: https://integratedspaceanalytics.com/

Leonard David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. He is former director of research for the National Commission on Space and is co-author of Buzz Aldrin's 2013 book "Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration" published by National Geographic with a new updated paperback version released in May 2015. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.

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