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Golden Oldie Tom Olson 2003 Year In Review, Monday, 12-23-13 December 23, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson 2003 Year In Review, Monday, 12-23-13


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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  2003 annual review for commercial space, NASA, the private sector, Return to the Moon and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

This program is the first in our Golden Oldie series looking as space development, commercial and private space, NewSpace and more over the past decade.  This archived Space Show program dates from Dec. 30, 2003 and features Tom Olson summarizing 2003 and looking forward to 2004.  Here is the summary I used for this program when it first aired Dec. 30, 2003.  We welcome Tom Olson, co-founder of The Colony Fund.  Tom returns to The Space Show for this 1 hour 16 minute discussion to update us on progress with The Colony Fund and to take a look at 2003 and 2004 from the commercial space perspective. Tom discussed the importance of the X-Prize, RLV and the suborbital industry, the regulatory issues which he believes will see great improvement for 2004. We talked about the aftermath of the Columbia accident and what any possible NASA reorganization might be like and what it means for space commerce and the private sector. Tom went out on the edge making several predictions for 2004, including a prediction about the current NASA Administrator! Mr. Olson also talked about returning to the Moon, going on to Mars, a new vision for space that is rumored to being prepared by President Bush and what such a potential vision will do for private enterprise. In this show, Tom Olson provided a superb conclusion to 2003 for The Space Show.

Please post comments/questions about this 2003 Golden Oldie year in review program.  You can email Tom through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.


1. Dwayne Day - December 24, 2013

Interesting discussion and predictions. One thing I found amusing was Olson saying that he thought that Canadian Arrow might make a strong showing for the X-Prize. Nobody remembers them today. Overall his comments were reasonable, but the Arrow comment demonstrates a lesson for today: that some of the projects that people are very excited about, and think are viable, could be total flashes in the pan and will disappear completely in a few years. That lesson should teach people to be wary and skeptical, but it doesn’t–witness the irrational exuberance that accompanies some of the current proposals.

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