17 Sep '12, 3pm

Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth

Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth

Sean Ragan of MAKE magazine just posted this amazing graphic, which he tracked down after being mildly obsessed with it for more than a decade. It’s an “Integrated Space Plan” drawn up by Rockwell International, a conglomerate of manufacturing companies in the aerospace, electronics, and truck component industries. The plan was created in the ’80s, and is supposed to be a detailed flow chart for establishing a permanent human presence in space. And it. Is. Amazing. You can click to make this teeny version a little bigger, but for serious evaluation you should get the PDF from MAKE . Once you do that, you can try to actually follow the plan — it runs chronologically from top to bottom, the arrowed lines denote “evolutionary, supporting, or synergistic relationships” and “communication/data links,” and big circles are “plateaus of human technological achievement.” Or you can...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/exposed-manufacturing-conglomerates...

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