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Update Plans

General Approach

Of course, it is simply not feasible to put all the text of my knowledge and others' knowledge into a text based website. It would be hugely too volumnous.

What PERMANENT is trying to do is cover the basics for newcomers, essentially an on-line eBook, and then provide clickable links to advanced and specialized resources in an organized, systematic and fairly complete way, as references.

In a way, this is a website for CEO's, managers, and newcomers first and foremost, though it also points specialists in the right direction for additional information.

We try to be as complete as possible in our organized outbound links. We also try to be open and fair to everybody as a truly not-for-profit, non-self-aggrandizing operation, to maximize the chances of getting our species off the planet.

However, we understand the importance of trade secrets and financial sustainability of the various entities, so we usually don't publish information openly when people request that we keep it secret, or when common sense would indicate that it should remain secret even when the source does not request so. Likewise, we are not out to be the first to report things, nor to gain attention in questionable ways such as first revelations of secrets or sensationalism. We published information selectively with a lot of consideration and patience.

If we fail to mention somebody or give credit where it is due, please send us Feedback. It is usually simply because of time constraints and focus on other things which can result in oversights. Feedback is often deeply appreciated.

Website Update

The website re-launched in 2012 has been entirely overhauled in structure, but most of the content is the same, with some edits, plus a lot of additions to cover what has happened over the period of 2002-2012. Some things were deleted in order to reduce the volume on the website.

To keep the website a manageable size for both newcomers and myself, when important things are added, I try to balance it by deleting things of relatively low importance (and leaving external links when I can). Many of the old pages remain untouched and unreviewed, so there is still a lot of material pending editorial work, and obsolete stuff pending deletion.

To understand the PERMANENT website, it is good to know a brief history of the website:

Text content from earlier writings dating back to 1983 went into a Bulletin Board System (BBS) in 1985 (when I first started to use computers), and all work from 1985 up to 1996 was ported from BBS to the website when the latter was founded in 1996, the early years of HTML.

The website was developed in phase 1 from 1996 thru 2002, using 1990s website programming technology.

Actually, running out of money wasn't the only problem in 2002. The website also needed an overhaul, to be reprogrammed into a modern new content management system (CMS). Maintaining the old website, such as adding a new page, or moving some things around as it grew, took way too much time because the website was manually coded page by page, which was far too time inefficient.

There was a period of several years, 2002 thru 2009, where I just read professional publications but didn't put the information into the website.

I had employee programmers propose things, but none were approved for the longterm future due to some shortcomings in design, until I finally sat together with a friend and employee who really understood how to best design a content management system, whereby we started to hammer out a good custom CMS starting in 2006, which we called TreeCMS.

Publications Database Update

Parallel to the BBS and the website, PERMANENT has maintained its own internal library and database of relevant professional papers and reports going back to 1985, plus a database of contacts to professionals. During the web phase 1 from 1996 thru 2002, this meant moving the old databases (dBase, others) into an online web database which was IBM Lotus Notes (considered a leader at the time).

The IBM Lotus Notes database kind've died in the market, while SQL has become the leading database format, especially the open source MySQL, so I've ported the PERMANENT database into MySQL and set up a PHP front end.

In 2012, I was able to port most of the data from the 1998 Lotus Notes database into the 2012 MySQL database. Then, I added some recent records, mainly for testing and to help me develop some features.

I still have a few thousand publications to add, which I've just been keeping in an Excel spreadsheet. It's not suitable to put my Excel spreadsheet online, plus other people would find my Excel system a bit difficult to figure out, so these references will be added to the online database in 2013.

This is a separate database from the website TreeCMS. However, the two can cite each other.

Time Constraints

As this is an entirely volunteer process, with nobody paying me, I have to spend half my time running my businesses, and then make time for PERMANENT whenever I can.

(I've also taught myself some programming, as I like to design my systems and public interfaces, and can usually do things faster myself than explain it to a programmer, but if a good programmer with good design abilities came in to help out, that would significantly improve productivity.)

The reality is that PERMANENT would develop a whole lot faster and better if there were sponsorship. Without sponsorship from any other organization or individuals, our species must take its risks in the space race against time. > PERMANENT: Who, What, How > Update Plans


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,

... or ...

If you're short on time, you can just donate:

The Permanent Space Development Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
If you would like to make a quick donation to our humanistic cause,
then please click on one of the buttons below (which go to PayPal).

... or by cryptocurrency (which is NOT tax deductible), you can donate into any of these wallets:





... or ...

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If you are interested in hiring our expertise, anywhere in the world, please contact us.
We have people in the USA and Thailand, and can travel or consult by internet.
You can call anytime, 24/7, at +66-8-1135-7977

Text by Mark Prado, Copyright © 1983-2021, All Rights Reserved.
Many website artistic design elements by Sam Fraser, Copyright © 1999-2021, All Rights Reserved.

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