Click to Join With the ISA Team in backing the funding campaign for the new edition of the Integrated Space Plan, with new data, a new professional design, a new "Kids" version available, and other great rewards!
The campaign is starting February 24 and runs until April 13. Check out the rewards available - in addition to the Poster, we are planning a new "kids" version that is a bit less complex, suitable for school-age kids. As a backer you can opt for either or both. We are offering several other great rewards.
Your support for this project is also important for expanding the Integrated Space Plan website, with several new features and - most importantly - progress to making it a powerful research tool with dynamic interactive analysis tools. Our true purpose is to provide accurate, up to date, reliable information for industry, financial, academic, and individual researchers as well as a resource for education of all ages.
Space Finance Group is dedicated to providing a variety of capital solutions for commercial development and human expansion in space. In the 86 years since the first liquid-fuel rockets were launched by Robert Goddard in Auburn, Massachusetts, the world has seen rockets used for science, for war, and for exploration of the region around Earth, as well as to a tiny fraction of the rest of the Solar System. From Werner von Braun to Neil Armstrong, those who have had the dream of expanding humanity's footprint from this smallish planet to the unimaginable breadth and depth of the space around us, have advocated a strong and vigorous effort to push beyond the boundaries of the atmosphere, into orbit, to the Moon, and beyond. John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech at Rice University still rings true:
But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
That effort, the Apollo program, was the most important impetus in modern times for the expansion of new technologies, resulting in products that make our lives today the safest, healthiest and most enjoyable in history. Now, most of the technologies required to go into space, navigate in space, and build things in space, have reached a point where they can be reliably produced in a commercial environment. It is no longer necessary to depend on national efforts. We believe that the time has come for the great entrepreneurial ferment so characteristic of the 'American people' of all walks of life to take over the 'easy stuff' - shipping things to and from Earth orbit and the Moon; building and maintaining orbital machines and habitats that can allow humans to remain off the Earth - in orbit, on the Moon and perhaps, soon, even heading to Mars. As we succeed, what constitutes 'easy stuff' will continue to expand until it encompasses the Solar System. Space Finance Group wants to help those entrepreneurs, and also to help investors from the smallest individual investor to the great institutions, who have the vision and the strength to think of the long term benefits that are possible. Just as the early explorers of Spain and other nations brought back untold riches that, over the next century redefined the economies of the European nations, we believe that those companies that go into space, and those who provide the tools to go into space, will become the great institutions of the future. We intend to be part of those institutions, enabling, participating and sometimes leading. We believe that, like those who funded many of those early explorations of Earth, our investors will have an opportunity to achieve similarly great success, beyond the shores of Earth. Fifty years ago last September President Kennedy said that great effort to achieve a Moon landing would advance science, medicine, technology and the economy. That has been fulfilled, and it will be even more so in the future.