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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2005 In Review, Tuesday, 12-24-13 December 24, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2005 In Review, Tuesday, 12-24-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  2005 Space Year In Review.  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.

Welcome to the third part of our Golden Oldie annual review dating back to 2003.  For this program, we go back to December 27, 2005 and welcome Tom Olson, CEO of the Colony Fund for his 1 hour 19 minute 2005 end of the year update on The Space Show. We began the interview with getting an update from Tom on changes being made in the planning and development of the Colony Fund. As Tom likes to say, a wall was hit this year with alt.space which forced new strategic thinking on the Colony Fund management team. Current thinking has the Colony Fund expanding beyond only space investments to include technology, specifically nanotechnology opportunities along side commercial space opportunities. Marketing Colony Fund is also important and Mr. Olson share some of his preliminary plans to use his own broker dealer system rather than conventional middlemen. Don’t miss this update to Colony Fund which when it becomes available will be a unique investment fund offering commercial space and other specialized investment opportunities. Also, take this opportunity to provide Tom Olson with your comments on his planning with Colony Fund. In addition to discussing Colony Fund, Tom spoke about the New York Space Enterprise Symposium he is setting up with others for later in 2006. He spoke about space advocacy, how best to get involved, Congress and the President and more. He then looked back over 2005 for customary year end summary of the space year and then gazed forward for what 2006 holds for advancing space. This year, we divided the look forward into several categories to include alt.space, NASA, the VSE, Congress, the President, and even the general public. Tom pointed out reference points on what we should be looking for from each of these key components. He also talked about the importance of getting Zero G, Zero Tax put into law. for more information on Colony Fund, visit www.colonyfund.com.

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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.

The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 10-9-13 October 10, 2013

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The  John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 10-9-13

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Guests: John Batchelor, Tom Olson, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  New Space Business Plan Competition.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Tom Olson and I talked about the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition.  Check it out at their website, http://newspacebpc.com.  Tom went over the general information of the competition, the prizes, John asked about one plan in particular and cubesats, we talked about what makes a business plan competition a professional competition, plus Tom talked about the progress made by the competition over the past years.  If you can attend, it is free at Stanford University, Oct. 24, 2013.

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13 August 23, 2013

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2013.  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.

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for a one hour discussion with important updates for the NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2013.  Tom told us that the date for submitting  applications had been extended to August 29.  To see the instructions, rules, etc. for submitting an application, please visit www.newspacebpc.com.  The prize money remains the same with a $100K grand prize from NASA, a $25K second prize from ATK, plus an additional $5K NASA prize and an additional $5K ATK price for a total of $135,000 purse.  Tom clarified some of the rules, the 50% owned by an American citizen requirement and he answered lots of listener questions about submitting the 3-5 page Executive Summary and writing the actual business plan.  The date for the competition is still fluid but they are looking for Oct. 24 at Stanford University.  Tom received several email questions about business plan metrics, contestant track records, success stories, and more.  Several examples of businesses were mentioned, especially those falling into the space scalable category.  We also talked about the competition being open to everyone as there were no government imposed diversity requirements and those submitting do not have to be engineers or space tech pros.  Just have a good idea, a good team, and be able to present your idea clearly and with common sense.  As we were approaching the last quarter of the show, Business Plan Team Member Meagan Crawford called in to add to what Tom was saying and to give us a marketing perspective.  Meagan said she was interested in developing metrics for tracking business plan successes and outcomes.  Tom and Meagan went over the schedule, we talked about Boot Camp which is not open to the public and they told us about the plans so far for the main event on Oct. 24th.  Meagan and Tom talked about sponsorships for the competition still being available.  They were also asked if there was a plan to move the competition to different cities in a way similar to the old Space Investment Summit meetings.  Toward the end of our discussion, we talked about missed opportunities by not entering the competition with your idea.  Even if your idea does not win, there are superb networking opportunities at the completion, plus the potential for meeting those that can help out financially with your plan/idea.

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13 July 16, 2013

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13

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Guests:  Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin.  Topics:  The NewSpace Business Plan Competition for 2013.  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.  Please note that there was unwanted phone line noise on this program.

We welcomed Tom Olson and Jeff Krukin back to the program to discuss this year’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition which will be Oct. 2, 2013 at a place yet to be named in Silicon Valley.  Visit their website for more information including competition rules, prize information, and more:  www.newspacebpc.com.  In the first segment of 95 minute program, Tom and Jeff spoke about this year’s competition, why it was delayed and separated this year from the NewsSpace Conference. Tom also mentioned having a focus this year on mining given the commercial interest in asteroid mining.  Our guests went over the prizes for this year which are substantially higher than in previous years.  There is a $100K first price, a $25K second prize and a $5K specialty third prize.  Our guests also talked about the rules but we urge those of you interested in the competition to read the rules posted on the website above to make sure your proposed business meets the guidelines of the competition.  Jeff spoke with us about the Boot Camp coaching sessions this year starting a day and half before the Oct. 2 competition.  Boot Camp, as you will hear, is not open to the public but the competition on Oct. 2nd is a public event.  Listeners asked several logistical questions and Curt wanted to know about recent trends, hot topics and such.  We talked about mining, 3 D printing and the need for the projects to be space scalable.  Visit http://newspacebpc.com/what-is-space-scalable for information on space scalable as this is an important part of the competition.  Those entering the competition have a $50 registration fee. Our guests were also asked about oversight on how the prize money is used by the winners.  Larry emailed in to inquire about other national business plan competitions & our guests separated student from pro competitions.  The NewSpace competition is a pro business plan competition.

During the second part of our program, Allison inquired about the past successes and the start of their commercial ventures and Dave Hook emailed in to inquire about IP protection.  Later in the segment, I asked our guests about the competition management which is handled by the Exodus Group.  As we were nearing the end of our program, we talked about commercial space trends, how the competition has changed and evolved over the years, and some of the highs and lows for Tom and Jeff with the past conferences.

If you have comments/questions about this discussion, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can reach Tom and Jeff through the competition website.

Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12 January 1, 2013

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Tom Olson, Monday, 12-31-12

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2012 Year End Review & Analysis for Space Development

Guest:  Tom Olson.   Topics: The year 2012 is reviewed from the space perspective and we look forward to space development in 2013.  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.  We welcomed back Tom Olson for his annual Space Show year in review analysis with a look forward to 2013 for space development.  We started our discussion by remembering those in our space community that are no longer with us. We specifically mentioned three dear friends though we know that others have also left us.  Our program was dedicated to Neil Armstrong, Jesco von Puttkamer, and Reda Anderson.  We certainly miss our friends but space development marches on like everything else in life.  A few of the early issues Tom brought up in the 2012 annual overview of space included the Falcon 9 launches and Dragon missions.  He also talked about ISDC and birthing of Dragon during the keynote by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.  While on the subject of SpaceX and its mission to the ISS, Paul sent in a question asking if SpaceX dropping out of the Stratolauncher project indicated that perhaps they had “bitten off more than they could chew.”  Tom and I have no inside information about SpaceX and Stratolaunch but we both thought that Paul’s comment was reasonable as SpaceX is certainly busy enough with game changing projects & technology.  Cubesats were discussed given their rise in popularity and importance in 2012. It seems as if their potential is more than on the rise!  Cubesat growth also cuts across many diverse space industry segments and niche markets.  Bev asked about the future of 3-D printing and its potential impact on future human spaceflight (HSF). 3-D printing is certainly experiencing space industry growth & there will soon be a small 3-D printer on the ISS.  Heavy lift came up and much was said about the Falcon Heavy and SLS, both looking back over 2012 & forward to 2013.

In our second segment, I asked if fuel depots would evolve from the Power Point & rhetoric stage to something more tangible in 2013.  We talked about depots as many of the projects announced in 2012 use depot technology to enable their plan.  Tom talked about warp drive becoming more possible due to the 2012 work of Dr. Sonny White.  Dr. White will be a guest on The Space Show Friday, January 4, 2013.  Tom next brought up NASA budget issues & possible cuts.  He talked about science mission cuts, the JWST, and on the HSF side, SLS eating up much of the budget with commercial crew still needing funding.  I asked Tom how he thought space advocacy made out during 2012.  Mixed was a one word summary of this discussion.  Next, we talked about space settlement being made part of the U.S. space policy in 2013.  Tom went over the pros & cons surrounding this effort. Doug called in about space settlement & I referred him to earlier programs with Steve Wolfe who authored the Space Settlement Act of 1988 which is part of public law.  Tom said space settlement was SLS dependent & that makes the potential policy controversial to many space enthusiasts since many oppose SLS.  Tom said 2012 was a good year for new commercial space grandiose missions such as Golden Spike, Planetary Resources, Mars One, a lunar base, Shackleton Energy, even EML2 missions.  He kept asking the questions regarding objectives, who pays, the reasons for the missions, and more. He said most of these missions rely on some form of large launcher, either the Falcon Heavy SLS.  Tom talked about ITAR reform that has been signed by both houses of Congress & is applicable to the U.S. satellite industry.  Human rating of the Atlas came up for a 2012 progress report, then Dave in San Antonio inquired about cyber warfare & the space industry in 2012 & the future.  2012 marked the year the space shuttles went on display in museums & Tom talked about the Russian space program investments for modernization over the coming decade. He also talked about other national space programs.  Near the end of our program, we brought up the Spaceport America liability issue & the risks facing the New Mexico spaceport.  Tom updated us for 2013 on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition & his work with the Exodus Group for space business consulting.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can email Tom through drspace@thespaceshow.com.

Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12 September 24, 2012

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Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  Exodus Consulting Group, space scalable investments.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Tom Olson returned as our guest to introduce us to the new Exodus Consulting Group (see http://exodus-consulting.com). In our first hour long segment, Tom introduced us to Exodus and the concept known as space scalable.  He gave several examples of what was meant by space scalable, including referencing some of the contestants/winners in the last New Space Business Plan Competition.  Tom also talked about the ISS and investor requirements for the more traditional types of space investments as compared to the considerations meeting the space scalable definition.  In this discussion, Tom explained why the space scalable approach makes so much sense. See if you agree with him and let us know on the blog.  The subject of space solar power and power sats at Mars came up with caller Marshall.  Tom and I remained skeptical about closing a business case for SSP but Tom did offer to review SSP business plans if you send them to him.  Please use inquiries@exodus-consulting.com. There was some discussion about Tom’s drilling ideas on Mars.
     In the second segment, we talked about the NewSpace Business Plan Competition planned for 2013.  Tom talked about business plan competitions in general, contrasting most of them with the NewSpace competition.  Tom talked about the funding, the cash prizes and the expanding connections to Silicon Valley.  Later in this segment, we talked about Exodus timelines and a listener wanted to know what has happened with previous winners of the competition.  Another listener emailed in a question about the risk of government regulation.  Tom pointed out that ITAR was the biggest concern.  We did talk about biotech, especially in the North Carolina Research Triangle, then we talked about crowd sourcing and Kickstarter.  In his closing comments, Tom mentioned the Washington, DC Angel Investors.  He closed pointing out the need for companies or individuals with plans to contact Exodus should they need $100-200K, have an 18-24 month exit strategy, and an ROI around 3-5X.
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Tom Olson at the Exodus email address provided above.

Tom Olson, Dr. John Jurist, Friday, 6-22-12 June 22, 2012

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Tom Olson, Dr. John Jurist, Friday, 6-22-12

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Guests:  Tom Olson, Dr. John Jurist.  Topics:  The return to life of the Space Cynic blog, http://spacecynic.wordpress.com. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Tom Olson and Dr. John Jurist to discuss our plans to reactivate the Space Cynic blog, http://spacecynic.wordpress.com.  Tom started our Space Show discussion with an historical overview of why the Space Cynic blog was created by Shubber Ali and the three of us.  We talked about some of the past programs, themes we wrote about, the goal of the blog, and the Walking Eagle Award.  We mostly focused on the business side of issues, the engineering, human factors, and other issues that can make or break any venture, including a space venture.  We each mentioned some examples that highlight the themes we respectively focused on with the blog, including asteroid mining and space solar power.  We also talked about themes we have in common with one another. Each of us mentioned some new themes we are interested in once the blog becomes active again, probably by September at the latest.  A new feature of the rebirth of the Cynics blog will be the opportunity to be a guest Space Cynic blogger.  Details on this will soon be posted on the Space Cynic blog but we did mention of few of the obvious guidelines during our discussion.  We also talked about making comments on the blog and opening up the Walking Eagle Award to a blog reader nomination process.  Note that I will archive this program on Space Cynics as well as The Space Show blog but do understand that The Space Show has no formal relationship to Space Cynics other than as an individual, I am one of the four space cynic contributors.  We welcome your feedback on bringing the Space Cynic blog back to active life.  Post your comments on either blog or both of them.

If you want to email either of the guests on this show or space cynic founder Shubber Ali, you can do so through me and I will forward your email to the person of your choice.

Tom Olson, Monday, 4-23-12 April 24, 2012

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Tom Olson, Monday, 4-23-12

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topic: NewSpace Business Plan Competition, space business opportunities.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Tom Olson back to the program to discuss the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition to be held at the NewSpace Conference in Santa Clara, CA from July 26-28, 2012.  You can find out more about the competition, the rules, the application, as well as the tools you can use in applying at http://newspacebpc.com.  Tom began our discussion by talking about the new tools available to help contestants, all of which are on the business plan website.  He also said there were three general categories for applicants:  (1) space projects; (2) space related projects; (3) space scalable.  He defined these three categories during our entire interview.  One point he made that was different from past years is that the business must be owned at least 51% U.S. citizen owned as NASA is funding the prize money.  First prize will be $100K and second prize from a NASA grant will be $10K.  The plans are for up to ten Executive Summaries being selected for Boot Camp and the final competition.  During the balance of our first segment discussion, Tom talked about the rules, ideas of business opportunities, contestant requirements, and then he introduced us to stem cell 2D Bio Printers, 3D printers and the material Graphene.  Toward the end of the first segment, questions came in about the trillion dollar asteroid concept along with asteroid mining.

In the second segment, Tom continued answering questions about the qualifications for contestants such as if a one person business was acceptable plus there were inquiries about partnerships with NASA and other public entities.  I mentioned an email I had received inquiring if the asteroid mining project in the news was the start of “Robber Barons” in space.  Tom had much to say about this.  Toward the end, Tom was asked about a Space X Texas spaceport and he brought up sponsorships for the competition.

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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11 December 28, 2011

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Tom Olson, Tuesday, 12-27-11

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  The year 2011 in review regarding all space issues.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  The Space Show/OGLF is now engaged in its annual fundraising drive. Please see & act upon our appeal at https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/space-show-2011-fundraising-campaign.  We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for his annual yearly summary of space events.  We had much to cover in this 105 minute program.  Tom started out reminding us that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight.  He told us about the banner year for Yuri’s Night parties around the globe celebrating this important milestone and specifically about the even he attended in New Your City.  Next, he pointed out the recent National Press Club talk given by Elon Musk on going to Mars and building the rockets to take us there, plus his recent New Scientist interview which you can read in full on the Mars Society website.  Tom commented that the sky was actually falling in 2011 with two large junk satellites coming back to Earth.  We also talked about the return of Phobos Grunt to earth probably in early to mid-January 2012.  One of the big events we discussed for 2011 was the retirement of the shuttle.  This led us to discussing the recent Chinese space rendezvous and the fact that China is now the number two launching country behind Russia having overtaken the U.S. this year.  Planetary missions were part of our year in review with Vesta and Dawn, the Kepler Space Telescope, MSL with Curiosity.  New Horizons continued its journey to Pluto and Explorer 1 continued beyond our solar system.  Tom talked about SLS and the ORION MPC Vehicle, plus the James Webb Space Telescope and its cost issues in the context of its impact on the NASA budget.  Soyuz rocket problems along with all the Russian rocket failures this year were fair game for our discussion.  I asked Tom what he thought of the idea of SLS as a place holder for skill sets and technology until our space program improves.  Don’t miss his answer.  He brought up Virgin Galactic’s drop tests this year, especially the last one where trouble showed up.  Making news for 2011 were NASA and space industry workforce layoffs and the successful Falcon 9 and Dragon launch.  At the end of the first segment, Bigelow Aerospace was in our spotlight.  In segment two, Tom led off with XCOR news, Terry called wondering about CCDEV3 and Tom suggested program winners!  Don’t miss his prediction.  He also was asked to predict the cancellation year for SLS.  Don’t miss this prediction as well.  We talked about the upcoming New Space Business Plan Competition for 2012, the prizes which are the largest ever, and the timing.  If this interests you, make sure to stay tuned for more information.  Later in the segment we began a summary of our discussion and 2011.  Tom was asked about the space elevator and the Lunar Space Elevator.  We wrapped up our discussion talking about growth in the space conferences even in the tough economic year of 2011.  Post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog URL above.