Broadcast 856 (Special Edition)

19 Dec 2007 Thomas A. Olson
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Guest: Tom Olson. Tom Olson was the guest for this Space Show program focusing on a 2007 year end review. Tom has been doing this review since the early days of The Space Show and it has since become an annual tradition. Along with being a light and fun show, he provided important and substantive analysis on many key topics and issues which faced the space world in 2007. Many of these issues will undoubtedly face the space world for 2008. We had many listener questions on several topics dealing with New Space investments, financing, and maturity. You will find Tom's observations and comments pertinent to this ongoing discussion on The Space Show. Other questions concerned the awarding of prizes, the indicators one might consider before investing in space, the different types of space businesses which started up in 2007 versus previous years, and a review of the COTS competition. In the last segment of the show, Tom added a new feature we have not previously done, "The Kool Aid Event Of The Year!” To know Tom's selection for 2007, you will need to listen to what he said during this program. However, one hint we can provide is that Tom instigated a discussion about a “Netscape Moment” on the show. Early in the program, Tom and I promoted the Space Cynics blog which can be found at http://spacecynic Tom, posting as Tom'sRants, is one of the Cynics who post on the blog started by Shubber Ali (Shubber posts under his first name). I, Professor L, am probably the Cynic that posts the least and Dr. Jurist posts as Old Space Cadet. In discussing some of the Cynics’ posts, Tom explained the purpose of Space Cynics and discussed our annual set of awards, The Walking Eagle Award. I am sure you will appreciate this 2007 space review program. If you want to contact Tom with additional questions or comments, please send them to him at



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