THE MARS MOVEMENT COULD ACHIEVE SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION:
A MATHEMATICAL AND STRUCTURAL CONCEPTUALIZATION
Taking a macro-sociological viewpoint, the author demonstrates how the Mars Society could provide the impetus for a combinatorial and structural series of events which could lead to solar system exploration and a multi-world economy. These events can be categorized by six tiers:
Tier 1. The individuals who comprise the Society are international and interact across national boundaries and agencies both public and private. This is the transnational basis of the Mars agenda.
Tier 2. From among the individuals of the Society emerge interlocking teams devoted to the pursuit of the Society’s political and/or technological goals which “step-to” Mars exploration and habitation.
Tier 3. Networks and trade relationships develop among individuals and teams, generating capital.
Tier 4. Tier 3 agents searching for specific resources establish consortia.
Tier 5. Consortia organize resources and logistics to accomplish missions and settlement of Mars, the moon, and platforms in low-earth orbit.
Tier 6. A multi-world economy emerges which sets the stage for exploitation of outer solar system locales.