In summary, PERMANENT is for developing outer space on a very large scale, rapidly, by using materials already in space -- asteroids near Earth and/or lunar material -- instead of expensively blasting up from Earth all the materials used in space. After all, the Europeans who settled America didn't bring their bricks and cement from Europe...Although there are a few recent posts on the forums, most of the site seems to date from 2004, and I don't know its status. But it looks like there are a lot of valuable materials (including a book) and interesting ideas, so I plan to look around some more.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I just found a reference to this web site in a blog entry somewhere. PERMANENT has ambitious goals and a wealth of well-organized material on asteroids, lunar material, manufacturing in space, space products & services, space colonies, economic/legal issues, and more. From the introduction: