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Business Plan

This is an old page from the 1990s.

"It is possible to make PERMANENT happen as a private enterprise.
 It's only a matter of whether we are good enough for the ultimate success."

The purpose of this website is basically twofold:

  1. To recruit people to join us in implementing our plan, or
  2. Otherwise, to empower people to try to do it on their own, if they so choose

We are proceeding as follows:

  1. Collect and organize all relevant technical research to date, and create a database of leaders. This is basically DONE ALREADY!, constantly updated.

  2. Create a viable business plan for utilizing asteroidal and lunar materials commercially. We have a general plan which we think will be quite profitable, but we do not have all the "nuts and bolts" details (and never will ... for the subsequent payloads). The current status of the general business plan is available in part to those who join us by buying the PERMANENT book.

  3. Raise money to fund further development of the business plan and eventual launch of space systems.

Generally, we are minimizing the cost of space resources utilization by a twofold approach:

  1. A purely private sector, non-governmental approach (discussed in section 7)

  2. Utilizing transnational (or "offshore", the slang expression) resources as much as is reasonable, rather than rely 100% on expensive American and European engineers and other specialists

There are many Russian space engineers with key experience but who are underemployed and unemployed. China and India have been building and launching spacecraft since the 1970s. Talent is everywhere, and the laws of physics and engineering are the same in Bangalore as in Cambridge.

Utilizing space resources will require building mining and manufacturing equipment. Since nobody has mined asteroids or the Moon, no country has a significant lead. We can utilize scientists and engineers from all over the world. This is the PERMANENT approach, and how we can be most competitive. It also fulfills the ideal of making space an opportunity for the benefit of all mankind. If you are really willing and able, then contact PERMANENT!

PERMANENT founder Mark Prado, who worked in advanced planning for the U.S. space program in the 1980s, spent the 1995-2001 period working in engineering and construction in less developed countries, and has exported via the internet the services of skilled analysts and designers.

How you can participate

We are operating on budgeted resources and cannot afford to drain precious money, time and effort in unproductive ways. If you want to get involved, then it must be mutually beneficial and sustainable.

The minimum for North Americans, western Europeans, Japanese, those Down Under, and other people who can afford it is to just buy the PERMANENT book, for just $27.50. You will get four benefits:

  1. We take you more seriously
  2. A good book you can read anywhere
  3. By e-mail, a chronological list of updates to the website so that you can quickly see what's new in space resources, so that you don't waste time hunting around the website trying to find out what's new while re-reading a lot of things you've already read, and so you won't miss anything new that happens
  4. Access to much of the PERMANENT business plan, whereby you can contribute to its development if you wish > Missions, Plans, Concepts > Lunar, Asteroid Mining Company > Business Plan

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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 by seeing our donate page, or contact Mark Prado via his personal website at

If you really much prefer to send by cryptocurrency, then you can donate into a wallet of any of our cryptocoins, though this is our least preferable way to receive donations ..., so please donate this way only if it's really much more convenient or feasible for you. The wallets are included in my cryptocoin critiques opinion page.

... or ...

Suggest this website to other people and organizations.


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?

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.

To get updates on PERMANENT (occasional, not frequent), get on our mailing list.

For general or specific e-mail regarding PERMANENT, please use our Feedback page.

Leave information about yourself in our people, companies, and organizations database.

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 © 1983-2024, All Rights Reserved.
Many website artistic design elements by Sam Fraser, Copyright © 1999-2024, All Rights Reserved.

Except where specifically stated otherwise,
Copyright © 1983-2024 by Mark Evan Prado, All Rights Reserved


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