There is a gap below, as work on PERMANENT was interrupted between June 2002 and April 2003 due to financial pressures. After 17 years of working on PERMANENT, we basically ran out of gas due to the lack of a major donor, and started a new business of our own to support PERMANENT (hopefully). News reporting ended in May 2002, and we had already announced upcoming conferences into late 2002, some of which don't have dates defined even though they have now long passed. We started to update the website in March 2003, though it is now a parttime creation of just a few reliable people with the right stuff.
Late October to early November, 2002 - Golden, Colorado
Space Resources Roundtable
By invitation only.
October 10-19, 2002 - Houston, Texas
The Second World Space Conference, and
34th COSPAR Scientific Assembly (COmmittee on SPAce Research)
Note that's 10 days! So far, 2300 presentations planned, though unknown number related to space resources.
Link: www.cosparhq.org E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 23-25, 2002 - Long Beach, California
AIAA Space Conference
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), general space conference
Link: www.aiaa.org (general AIAA website, conference website unknown)
September 12-14, 2002 - Taos, New Mexico
Conference: "The Moon Beyond 2002"
Sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, with emphasis on lunar science but also includes lunar "resources" and development. Abstracts due June 4.
Link: www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/moon2002 E-mail: email@example.com
July 2002 - Launch of Japanese asteroid probe
The Japanese Muses-C probe/lander will be the first sample return mission to an asteroid. The data could help us understand the type of NEO it samples, and parts of the spacecraft design could be applied to future asteroid prospecting probes (contractors).
PERMANENT coverage: Section 1 - Asteroids Near Earth - Probes
July 18-20, 2002 - Houston, Texas
4th Lunar Development Conference
Sponsored by the Space Frontier Foundation, held at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake. Paper submissions due April 29.
July 1, 2002 - Launch of U.S. comet probe
The U.S. Contour (COmet Nucleus TOUR) spacecraft is to fly by two live comets. The data could help us understand NEOs that are captured dead comets, and parts of the spacecraft design could be applied to future asteroid prospecting probes (contractors).
PERMANENT coverage: Section 1 - Asteroids Near Earth - Probes
June 2002 - Ukrainian-Russian Dnepr launch to lunar orbit
American payload headed to lunar orbit, to be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, check again here soon for details, or other places such as Space.com's launch schedule page
May 23-27, 2002 - Denver, Colorado
21st Annual Space Development Conference
Will include space mining. Paper submissions due May 1.
May 17, 2002 - Boeing wins contract for revolutionary sat. repair system
The Orbital Express program is for an autonomous and teleoperated robot to repair, upgrade and refuel satellites in orbit. To launch in 2006. Should help create a market for asteroid-sourced fuel supplies.
Link: Space Daily
May 10-June 6, 2002 - Send your name to an asteroid this year
The Japanese probe MUSES-C, which launches late this year, will be the first asteroid sample return mission. The Planetary Society's Japan chapter is trying to collect at least 1 million names from around the world to leave on the asteroid. This could increase public interest in MUSES-C ... and asteroids.
Link: The Planetary Society's press release
May 8, 2002 - Better, space-based asteroid telescope
The Submillimetron Project, under development by a team of European and Russian researchers, is an infrared telescope which will be serviced by the Russian segment of the ISS. It should discover many NEOs ... after 2005.
May 6, 2002 - Space "private property" claims heat up
To challenge dubious claims of space private property, a Scottish lawyer claimed ownership of the Sun with the Archimedes Institute, an organization closely affiliated with PERMANENT and operated by an allied lawyer. This hit the news circles, bringing attention to PERMANENT. Beyond the soundbite, it is part of a strategic process. More...
April 26, 2002 - India successfully tests, further funds big launcher
After a successful test flight put a 1.5 ton payload into high (geosynchronous) orbit on April 19, India's government approved further funding of development for an advanced high Earth orbit launch capability, improving India's position as an economically competitive offshore launcher of "high" capability.
Link: Aerospace Daily
FEATURE ARTICLE - April 26, 2002
Space tourist Mark Shuttleworth launch to ISS
Like Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth of South Africa bought his ticket. Thanks to the Russians, and despite NASA resistance for years, businessmen are forcing open access to space for the rest of us. But how did he make $575 million ... by age 26 ... in poor South Africa? More ...
April 23, 2002 - Insurers/reinsurers assess risk of asteroid impacts
In the wake of 9/11, Reinsurance Co. and Munich Re are now considering equally "outlandish", but potentially far more costly, disaster scenarios like a meteor striking a world capital or causing a tsunami to destroy the Eastern Seaboard.
Link: The Morning Call
April 20, 2002 - IMAX 3D movie on International Space Station
Filmed over two years by actual astronauts and narrated by Tom Cruise, this is the first ever movie shot in space - and in 3D! Already released in the US and the UK with very positive reviews. More...
April 18, 2002 - Asteroid public information center in UK opened
Acting on the recommendations of a special scientific advisory committee last year, the UK government has today opened a NEO info center, part of the National Space Center in Leicester. More...
April 15, 2002 - ESA announces ambitious GAIA project
Designed to survey the brightest one billion objects in the sky, the Global Astrometric Interferometer for Astrophysics space observatory is expected to detect tens of thousands of new NEOs. More...
April 5, 2002 - Orbital telescope finds 2x asteroids
New data from the ESA's Infrared Space Observatory suggest as many as 1.8 million asteroids over 1km in size may exist between Mars and Jupiter. More...
April 5, 2002 - JPL releases DS1 data on Comet Borreally
Despite its comet tail of volatiles, it was "surprising" to see no water or ice on its surface, just "very dark soot-like" material - the comet is as dark as photocopy toner. More...
April 4, 2002 - Asteroid 1950 DA to encounter Earth in 2880AD
In 878 years, this asteroid has a 1-in-300 chance of colliding with Earth. More...
March 19, 2002 - Australian science minister blocks research
On Australia's 60 Minutes, Science Minister Peter McGauran expressed questionable opinions justifying the cancelation the Southern Hemisphere's only NEO search programme. More...
March 17-21, 2002 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference: Space and Robotics 2002 ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
Historically has had people and papers strongly relevant to PERMANENT; bi-annual since 1988
Links: www.spaceandrobotics.org www.spaceandrobotics.com
March 12, 2002 - Asteroid 2002 EM7 near miss of Earth
Discovered just four days after passing only 50,000 miles (80,000 km) beyond the moon's orbit, it was large enough to destroy a city of millions in seconds - with no warning whatsoever. More...
January 31, 2002 - Analysis of on-orbit assembly of satellites
Good article on economic reasons to assemble satellites in orbit from launched components.
January 29, 2002 - Completed CONTOUR probe starts vibration testing
January 17, 2002 - Bigelow Aerospace update
Excellent news report. Bigelow's experience with NASA is fairly typical.
Link: Las Vegas Mercury News
PERMANENT coverage: Greg Bennett & assoc. (Bennett was hired by Bigelow for leadership)
January 8, 2002 - Asteroid 2001 YB5 near miss of Earth
PERMANENT coverage: Synopsis and relevance
January 4, 2002 - NASA Dawn probe to be made by JPL and OSC
JPL selected Orbital Sciences Corp. as a partner in the team to build the NASA Dawn probe to orbit main belt asteroids. This supports OSC in developing asteroid probe capabilities, adding another competitor with such capabilities. OSC traditionally builds commercial Earth-orbit satellites.
November 13, 2001 - Asteroid impact in Middle East around 2350 B.C.?
Did impacting cometary debris cause the demise of civilizations around 2350 B.C.? What about other large impacts in the last 10,000 years? Space.com and Robert Roy Britt again perform excellent journalism.
October 29-31, 2001 - Noordwijk, Netherlands
2nd ESA Workshop On Tracking Telemetry and Command Subsystems for Space Applications
October 29, 2001 - Japanese Solar Power Satellite (SPS) update
Japan's NASDA asked two private companies to submit design proposals by end of January for experimental SPS launched around 2005-2007.
October 24-26, 2001 - Golden, Colorado
Space Resources Roundtable
The third Space Resources Roundtable will be held at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado (invitation only), directly relevant to PERMANENT
Link: http://www.mines.edu/research/srr E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 23-26, 2001 - Okayama, Japan
International Workshop On Collaboration and Coordination Among NEO Observers and Orbital Computers
October 19, 2001 - Asteroid discovery rates overwhelm analysts
Asteroid discovery rates have increased so rapidly due to technology and successful programs that new problems are severely pressing those involved.
October 18-21, 2001 - Los Angeles, California
Space Frontier Conference 10: In Search Of '2001'
October 17-19, 2001 - Noordwijk, Netherlands
ESA Workshop On On-Board Autonomy
October 1-5, 2001 - Toulouse, France
International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Link: IAF website
September 22, 2001 - Deep Space 1 probe encounters Comet Boreally
Photos and analysis of data came out in subsequent months.
Link: NASA/JPL DS-1 website
September 19-21, 2001 - Berlin, Germany
New Views of the Moon, Europe
September 10-14, 2001 - Vatican City
64th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society
September 10-13, 2001 - Toulouse, France
18th Symposium On Signal and Image Processing
September 4, 2001 - Mircorp plans to build private space station
MirCorp announced that it had signed an agreement on August 24 with leading Russian space program entities to build the first private, commercial space station, possibly open for business in 2004. Controversial responses followed.
August 31-September 3, 2001 - Pasadena, California
Space Tourism Expo 2001
Pasadena Convention Center, Labour Day weekend - WAS CANCELED
Link: SpaceRenaissance.com E-mail: Jssdesign@aol.com
August 28-30, 2001 - Albuquerque, New Mexico
AIAA Space 2001 Conference
July 29-August 2, 2001 - Berlin, Germany
International Conference on Asteroids, Comets and Meteors
July 21, 2001 - Solar sail suborbital test flight
The Russians launched a Solar Sail suborbital test flight. The sail was designed by an international team. Due to a vehicle failure, the sail never deployed. Maybe another try in the future with same sail design and entities.
April, 2003 - "Trade, not just aid, for Iraq!"
You can do something as an individual, right now, to help establish and secure a free Iraq, by building business and sociopolitical relationships with Iraqi skilled people in Iraq.
This is win-win: Skilled Iraqi people offer excellent services at lower prices than Western consultants and locally hired Western labor. Many of these services can be imported/exported by Internet.
This is a non-governmental, free enterprise, decentralized "people power" way.
I worked in the Washington, D.C., area for 10 years, first in advanced planning in the space program, and later in communications consulting for the United Nations World Food Programme and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). From my experience, I have little confidence in the abilities of the U.N., USAID and other government bodies and their corrupt contractors to fulfill much of the needs of the Iraqi people.
No need to rely too much on the bureaucratic United Nations.
No need to rely too much on the coalition forces, who already did their part.
Now is the time for the rest of the world's businesses and people to help out.
The war is nearly over, and now it is time to "win the peace", to establish lasting peace.
Now is the time because a window of opportunity has been opened, but these next few weeks and months of the new Iraq will determine how it forms. Iraqis quickly need imports and thus money, and business is the fastest, most sustainable, and naturally the best way. This is the reality.
The various government bureaucracies will slowly hand out some things, and their contractors will squabble. That's better than nothing. But that doesn't mean the rest of us should do nothing. Shouldn't we exercise our business power, too, as well as our social abilities?
Don't misunderstand us. We are not against aid by the U.N. and others. However, that is not enough. We need to integrate Iraq into the world economic community. Iraq has been economically isolated for too long, due to trade sanctions. At this time, the end of sanctions, it is important to rapidly ramp up economic ties with the people of Iraq, not just the government. Bypass the political powers and go right to the people.
In strong and free countries, trade far outweighs aid. Aid establishes priviledged government bureaucracies. Trade goes straight to "people power". That is why less developed countries often cry the slogan "Trade, not aid!" Sanctions and trade barriers hurt the people.
Could you, or your company, friends or associates, use any help in website design, other graphics, programming, data processing, internet research, or engineering analysis and design? Why not hire Iraqis, via internet?
You will be given their email address, telephone number and other means of contact, and can communicate with them directly, to help build friendship and peace in the Persian Gulf region and beyond, in this internet era. We can now bypass the governments and go straight for people-to-people, wherever governments allow. It's time to push for this in Iraq.
If you want to employ Iraqis in Iraq, or get our once/week newsletter, then send an email to info@OffshoreLabor.com
Please also visit our general Offshore Labor website, www.OffshoreLabor.com or www.OffshoreLabour.com (and you can specify your preferred country of labor source).
Please understand: At this moment, we are exploring ways to work with other groups, especially NGOs (non-governmental organizations), in some kind of partnership. We would bring in our skills in the offshore labor internet business, while others do what they are best at.
If you currently work for an NGO, then we would like to start a dialog with you which will rapidly lead to engagement of Iraqi people into business relationships with Western sponsors.
Our goal is to help the Iraqi people so that Iraq can rebuild to become a free and strong country of its own, by substantial export trade to a diversity of other countries.
If you think that you might be interested in helping, in any way, then please contact us. This in no way obligates you, but just starts a dialog to explore the feasibility.
Iraq is the cradle of Western civilization, and Iraq can become a great country again within 10 years, if Iraq follows a plan for democracy, diversity, peace and free economic development ... led by Iraq's people.
If you want to know a little bit about my revealing experiences working for corrupt U.S. government "aid" contractors in Washington, D.C., or some of my international living and working experiences, click here and then you will better understand my position above.
So how does this fit in with PERMANENT?
Our longterm goal is for multinational development of space, using the skilled labor of all the world's people, not just Americans and Russians. While we can launch people into space economically using Russian and Chinese (soon) rockets, we still need people to design relatively low-tech mining and manufacturing equipment to send into space, and tough people to go into space. Understand: we do not need to design new Earth launch rockets. Many companies and countries have those already. We don't need more missiles, either. We need to design other things like asteroid mining equipment, as discussed on the www.permanent.com website.
We understand that we will not start mining asteroids tomorrow.
We understand that space is not on the mind of Iraqis right now.
Our nearterm goal is simply to develop offshore labor networked by internet, working on small projects in today's non-space business applications, and build up our multinational company by experience.
Our midterm goal is to divert some of our profits to hire qualified engineers from various countries around the world to design space mining equipment, and perform R&D much more economically than using rich Westerner engineers.
Our longterm goal is to send people from different cultures into space, for all mankind.
Not only Americans. Not only Russians. Not only Chinese. People from all over the world. Including the Middle East, of course.
Peace is built by trade and engaging people into multinational projects.
If you want to read about my experiences consulting to corrupt and careless contractors to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.N. and others while I was working in the Washington, D.C., area, click here.
March, 2003 - WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)
Another virus, another big media feeding frenzy. It is a serious virus worth doing our best to contain, for sure. However, when will the media ever link the issues related to SARS to WMDs?
We are still dealing with naturally occurring viruses.
It won't be long before we are dealing with manmade viruses that are far more deadly.
An egotistical dictator with a lot of money is not required.
All you need is one small laboratory somewhere, and the kind of biotechnology that will emerge in the next 10 to 20 years.
Saddam was just tinkering with chemical, nuclear, and old technology biological weapons using naturally occurring strains of anthrax and botulism. Devastating as those can be to urban environments, those won't make the human race extinct.
But what can kill us all on Earth is a virus engineered by man, not naturally occurring.
It might not even involve a terrorist. It could be an "innocent" laboratory accident.
Saddam, SARS, HIV and Ebola are all terrible, but they are trivial compared to what's coming in the fairly near future, due to the uncontrollable progression of the biotechnology business.
We cannot repress research, and we cannot control the world.
There is only one way for the mankind to assure its survival: having people in space.
PERMANENT seeks to send people from as many races as possible into space.
It will cost money, and PERMANENT seeks to do this most cost-efficiently and as fast as possible by employing offshore labor -- using engineers from as many races as possible.
To read more about the biotechnology problem, click here.
To get involved in our offshore labor network, click here.
At the very least, do it for your children's future, as well as your own. Out of all geologic time, the very survival of humanity is up to our generation. Are you a part of the solution or part of the problem? In the future, how will you look back on your decision at this moment?
February 2, 2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia disaster - PERMANENT analysis
First, compared to the Russian and upcoming Chinese manned capsules, this disaster shows a risk of the American human space transportation system using the Space Shuttle.
Secondly, this shows the risk of pre-PERMANENT manned space transportation -- relying on atmospheric friction with associated high temperatures to slow you down.
If we had large quantities of cheap fuel from NEOs (asteroids near Earth) available in orbit, then we could fire rockets to brake a manned capsule to zero speed in orbit and come straight down, with low heating. It could be a capsule with a parachute and small rockets, or a small space plane, or a helicopter.
Thirdly, look at the state of the U.S. government's space program more than 30 years after we sent men to the Moon: The NASA bureaucrats tell us that we couldn't send an astronaut out the airlock to look under the Shuttle to check for damage.
More analysis here.