While the dates are all pretty unrealistic (I don't think stem cell research was advanced enough to construct synthetic trachea's in 2004)
Well, we managed it in 2011, but we didn't have a child genius working on it to propel us 7 years ahead of the curve.
there are some pretty nifty references to the first three Alien films, as well as a blatant contradiction that'll appease just about everyone (Except for Paul and the Strausii).
What's that?My thoughts on the timeline
It's a bit bullshit.
Take for example:
May 20, 2032 FTL Travel made possible
Weyland scientists discover the inverse relationship between velocity and the flow of time making the long sought-after concept of faster than light travel a reality. The search for practical application begins.
July 4, 2033 Ballistic Development
Weyland creates new 5.56 millimeter round made of metals mined from the circumstellar habitable zone planets orbiting within Gliese 581 capable of traveling at max velocity in any atmosphere at any range.
January 17, 2034 Heliades
Weyland Industries introduces the first FTL-capable SEV (space exploration vehicle).
Well, Gliese 581 is 20 odd light years away, and they were mining metals from it without the use of FTL? Did they send up a ship in Queen Victoria's reign or something?
(And the inverse relationship between velocity and the flow of time was discovered by Einstein, with the opposite result.)
June 1, 2022 Cure for the Common Cancer
Scientists from the Health Division identify the genetic chain of events for 98% of cancers. Using genetically-altered cells as well as elements found beyond Earth’s heavens, Weyland successfully deploys an effective cure for almost all cancers.
Tough luck Amanda Ripley-MacClaren.
May 14, 2039 Discovery of Archeron LV-426
Weyland astronomers discover multiple moons and a ringed planet just outside the Zeta 2 Reticula System, which are possibly able to support life. Weyland expects to travel there within the century.
So what's keeping them? By this point they're already terraforming planets 20 light years out. Zeta Reticuli is well within their exploration range if it's that exciting a destination.
August 18, 2042 Establishment of HD 85512 b
Weyland Industries awarded government contract to build and maintain HD 85512 b Class E Correctional Unit. Prisoners from Earth and other facilities are successfully relocated, and many have since been rehabilitated into society.
Not Fiorina 161, then, unless the Sulaco
was taking an extremely scenic route back.
January 29, 2056 Power Loader Patented
Weyland Industries earns patent number 15,725,924 for Method and Apparatus for a mechanised exo-skeleton used for lifting and moving heavy objects such as crates and vehicle weaponry.
Interesting to note that while bother Caterpillar and Hyperdyne are two of the non-WY companies referenced in Aliens
(although YMMV regarding Hyperdyne), they're both producing products associated with Weyland patents.
Clearly this de-canonises Aliens
July 22, 2059 Portable Decontamination Pack
Weyland introduces unique expedition security apparatus able to decontaminate indoor and outdoor environments. Apparatus mines surrounding air for flammable compounds, making it ultra light-weight as well as self-replenishing.
Curiously unmentioned in any of the Alien
films, despite how useful it would be.
June 23, 2065 S.P.W. Memorial Library
Sir Peter Weyland Memorial Library built in Washington, DC.
So if Pearce is in Prometheus
, he's a droid, a flashback, a memory construct, a clone... but he's not playing the original Weyland.
Unless he's been really well preserved and the Synapse Reestablisher in 2071 is used to occasionally restart his brain (very Philip K Dick there!).
Actually, that sounds a lot like Scott's original ideas regarding Tyrrell in Blade Runner
November 20, 2065 Transplanetary Peacekeeping
As Weyland Industries expands their terraforming activities and colonial endeavors, the company is approached by the US government to begin work on the formation of a colonial peacekeeping force trained or populated by marines in the event of future conflict.
April 7, 2066 David Joins the Workforce
As production costs for the David series decreases, Weyland Industries is increasingly able to extend those savings to everyday consumers, leading to remarkable proliferation of the product.
March 9, 2072 Weyland Reorganizes
Weyland Industries consolidates all products and solutions into seven verticals: health, transportation, energy, electronics, terraforming, security and cybernetics.
Brewery operations presumably start later than this!