190 – SOFIA Part 2, The Flights

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Guests: Jochen Eislöffel, Maria Kapala, Robert Peterson, Nick Veronico, Charlie Kaminski, Randy Grashuis, Steven Laney, Ace Beall, Chris Farinha, Ken Bower, Bill Vacca, Bill Wohler, Christopher Trinh, Oliver Zeile, Christian Fischer     Host: Markus Voelter    Shownoter: Tim Jurik, Stefaan Rillaert

SOFIA is an airborne observatory, a Boeing 747SP modified to carry a 2.7m infrared telescope in the back of the fuselage. In late October 2015, I had the opportunity to fly on SOFIA during science missions 248 and 249. This episode captures these two flights. The episode is a mix between interviews with scientists and aircrew, recordings from the intercom system and some narration by me. The list of guests can be seen above.

I suggest you listen to Episode 189, SOFIA Part 1 first, if you have not done so, because it explains the details. There is also a video that contains lots of photos about the flights. This episode is 7 hours in length, so the download may take a while.

Introduction

0:00:30

Jochen Eislöffel - Scientist

00:05:32

Schmidt Plate | Palomar Observatory

Maria Kapala - Scientist

00:29:22

Andromeda Galaxy | H.E.S.S. site in Namibia

Robert Peterson - Safety Briefing/Egress Training

00:46:27

NASA Public Use Aircraft Operations

Nick Veronico - On-Plane Safety Briefing

00:57:15

Charlie Kaminski - Flight Briefing - Flight 1

01:03:00

Randy Grashuis - Flight Briefing - Flight 2

01:21:49

Engine Startup, Taxi, Takefoff, Departure, Climb

01:26:59

Steven Laney, Safety Tech, Lead Mechanic

01:59:44

Ken Bower, Flight Planner

02:44:56

NASA Ames

Fifi Handover Intercom

4:03:05

Christopher Trinh - Astronomer

4:12:42

Christopher Trinh | SOFIA Instruments | Star formation | Planetary nebula

Christian Fischer - Instrument Engineer

5:41:50

Far Infrared Field-Imaging Line Spectrometer (FIFI-LS)

Science and flight reports

6:21:10

General aviation

Jochen Eislöffel - Scientist

6:26:18

Jochen Eislöffel

Maria Kapala - Scientist

6:30:39

Maria Kapala

End of the show and Domingo

6:35:20

Domingo's Mexican & Seafood Restaurant