Amazon.com cofounder Jeff Bezos is a known longtime space advocate, and now he has the money to spend on this.
In the year 2000, he created the company Blue Origin, though kept it secret for several years until he started buying land in Texas for his facilities. However, his ambitions at the time were for suborbital space tourism flights for the immediate future, with vertical landing similar to the old McDonnell Douglas DC-X (Delta Clipper Experimental) single-stage-to-orbit program of 1991-96, stopped by NASA after several short range take off and landing tests. Blue Origin hired some of the engineers who had worked on the DC-X, resulting in the New Shepherd spacecraft for suborbital space tourism.
A few test vehicles were built and field tested from 2006 to 2011, the last resulting in loss of control of the craft at about 45,000 feet and speed Mach 1.2, with the craft destroyed.
However, since 2009, on a parallel track, Blue Origin has received about $25 million from NASA as part of its Commercial Crew Development program (CCDev). Of special interest to NASA has been Blue Origin's Launch Abort System (LAS). Blue Origin started focus on a crew capsule which would be launched on an Atlas V rocket rather than its own.
Blue Origin has stated an intention to develop its own rocket which could launch its capsule instead of depending on the Atlas V, but is at a very early stage compared to the other players in the Earth launch market.
Blue Origin is worth including on the PERMANENT website mainly out of respect for Jeff Bezos, but it lags far behind the other players in this section. We can expect Jeff Bezos to stay involved in the pursuit of space colonization for as long as he lives, one way or another.
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PERMANENT needs a PHP / MySQL (actually, MariaDB) programmer. Are you a PHP / MySQL programmer interested in getting into space development as a career, or already working in space development? Or do you know somebody else who might be interested?
There is an ongoing process to update this website in 2019 with a target relaunch in 2020.
This website is actually very out of date. Much of the website text content was written in the 1980s to early 2000s, but that's a different matter. As regards PHP / MySQL, some offline databases go into the 2010s, as regards professional publications, engineers, companies, etc., and this is what we need programming help with. We are updating our databases on people, organizations, publications, and other things, for open source space development for all.
The current status is we have some working databases which we have been using internally for a long time for organizing professional publications, and to track people (authors, R&D people, other professionals, quality volunteers, journalists, etc.) and organizations. We want to put information online for the general public pending a security review of the programming code.
Step 1 is fixing some bugs in what we already have, the PHP code. It is functional, and been used a long time, but there are some bugs.
Step 2 will be improving the system. Some small improvements would help its usability.
Step 3 will be a security check for putting it online for the general public to be able to access and use, but with reasonable protection against hackers.
After Step 3, the main mission is accomplished, as regards PHP / MySQL, though of course we hope to keep people engaged and happy, and the sky's not the limit.
This is a volunteer, unpaid role at this point in time. A limited paid role would be considered on a tight budget, such as for at least bug fixing with some minor improvements, and/or a security review of our code before it goes online publicly. If you or one of your friends or associates may be interested, please send an email to spaceprogrammer at ... of course this domain.
Reasons to do something yourself:
- It will help save life on our special planet -- be part of the solution in your generation.
- It will create and secure a better future for your children and grandchildren.
- It could be an interesting, cool, and a fun adventure for your life!
You can join us and volunteer to help out,
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