Update on PERMANENT And You
Past activities of PERMANENT focused on introducing people to the concepts of lunar and asteroidal materials utilization for space industrialization and colonization, to benefit Earth and also to enable our species to survive the technological gains in pathogen research and development.
The current main activity of PERMANENT is (1) trying to keep up to date on professionals, companies, and organizations either "already involved" in activities relevant to PERMANENT or "potentially capable" of doing so, and also (2) the professional literature, which is also a major source for (1). For example:
"Already involved" = an engineer designing and building lunar landers for a NASA contract
"Potentially capable" = an R&D person involved in an Earth based greenhouse business who is interested in applying their experience to a lunar polar colony, or a mining engineer somewhere in the world who wants to start to get involved in space mining designs and developments.
Also "potentially capable" = programmers who could help with our website and internal operations, artists, and layman information collectors who can help us with less technically challenging matters.
Published papers in journals, at conferences, and in government databases.
As a result, we have two main internal databases:
2. People, organizations, and companies
Therefore, PERMANENT's main 3 parts are:
1. Introduction of the fundamental concepts to newcomers.
Part #1, the main text of this website, is mostly an old introduction, and in some places outdated, but it nevertheless covers the fundamentals very well for introducing people to the PERMANENT concepts. Just because there are some outdated parts, that does not mean its usefulness is significantly diminished.
We are much less focused on the item 1 public part currently, and much more focused behind the scenes on items 2 and 3.
Item #2 is partly online already, but there is a whole lot of work still to be done in getting more online publicly.
Item #3 exists only behind the scenes, not publicly, at this time. At some point, we want to make part of this public, based on the approval of each person or company to make their particular information public.
Our goal: We want to promote lunar development internationally, not as a special or vested interest, and instead for good people, companies, and organizations of any nationality and ethnicity. The more, the better.
We are here for you to consult with, to help bring you up to speed more quickly.
Many other sources will tell people only what promotes the interests of themselves and their business group. We are a not-for-profit trying to provide more of an "open source" of information.
For example, we list many organizations on our website which you could view as "competitors" of PERMANENT. We don't consider them competitors. Many may be "establishment" and somewhat self-interested, but we see them as relatively small entities compared to the potentially much greater space "community" and "space resources economy" which we urgently need to make PERMANENT happen.
Of course, we understand the need for company confidentiality, and we are not out to expose peoples' business secrets. We've run our own purely private businesses, too, against competitors. We are not career government employees, nor impractical idealists. We must do what works best within human nature and the current situation.
Nonetheless, we seek to be a fair and objective facilitator with both a breadth and depth of knowledge resources. We know a lot of high profile space professionals who actually are not aware of a lot of work beyond their own business group and specialization. We are more generalists, looking at the whole range -- the nearterm, the midterm, and the longterm in this business.
We are here to help newcomers carve out their own niches, not just play into the hands of some others, and instead as part of the expanding space development community able to do business with many others.
We are NOT here to pontificate about mankind's destiny. We have a sense of urgency. We are here to get things done now, to make concrete progress, in economical and cost efficient ways, mainly over the internet from our homes with the time and resources we can spare to spend on this.
While it would be beneficial if we could be sustainable, our goal is not just to promote our own interests. Our goal is to do what is necessary for the Greater Good to help get our species get beyond Earth's biosphere self-sufficiently to survive the technological pathogen phase coming within our generation, and to also help Earth.
Please do one or more of the following:
Contact us and tell us about yourself as a professional who we may want to contact someday, or refer somebody to, as part of our capabilities. (We understand that people have their own projects and budgets, and are not asking everybody to give to us. Maybe we can help third parties in their synergies to help make progress towards lunar colonization.)
Contact us and offer to help out yourself in some way, even as a layman.
Make a suggestion.
Just send encouraging words. It helps.
Quick Feedback Form
Below is a short and simple form which anybody can fill out, from quick anonymous comments to real engagement details. It's short and basic.
If you want to send more information, then we have some other standard forms at URLs not published publicly simply because they get overrun with form spam, so we send them privately as another option, by email follow-up, if you request. For example, we have a standard checklist (all optional) for your details if you want to get into our people and organizations database, or another form to list a publication. Just ask and we can send a link to these by email. Otherwise, we can just copy and paste what you type below.
You may feel free to add anything you want -- Linked-In link, phone number, other details -- in the message box, and we can just copy and paste into our database.
This website has a lot of text content, so here are some suggestions on how to navigate and also recognize pages you're seen already vs. still unseen pages in the SiteMap.
The pulldown menu and the SiteMap are the same tree of pages and links. The pulldown menu offers + and - for expand and collapse sections/subsections/sub-subsections... of the tree, sometimes multiple levels, whereas the SiteMap has everything expanded with no + or - expand and collapse options so the SiteMap is much longer, compared to the pulldown menu if not fully expanded. You may just choose which of the two formats you prefer at a particular time.