omega tau - science & engineering [English only] http://omegataupodcast.net science and engineering in your headphones Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:35:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 (c) 2008 - 2018 Markus Voelter info@omegataupodcast.net (info@omegataupodcast.net) info@omegataupodcast.net (info@omegataupodcast.net) science, technology, engineering, aviation, space, physics 1440 http://omegataupodcast.net/rssimages/rssimage.jpg omega tau science & engineering podcast http://omegataupodcast.net 144 144 Science and Engineering in your Headphones [This is the feed of only English episodes.] How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced 300 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get. technology, science, aviation, engineering, space, transportation, physics, medicine info@omegataupodcast.net info@omegataupodcast.net info@omegataupodcast.net no no 320 – The Event Horizon Telescope http://omegataupodcast.net/320-the-event-horizon-telescope/ http://omegataupodcast.net/320-the-event-horizon-telescope/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:35:57 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4709 Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Interferometer, in which radio telescopes all over the world are computationally connected to obtain resolutions that are not possible with one telescope. In the episode I chat with Heino Falcke, the chair of the EHT science committee, about the science, the telescope, what it took to get it going, and image reconstruction.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/320-the-event-horizon-telescope/feed/ 1 1:30:14 A few months ago, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Int[...] A few months ago, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Interferometer, in which radio telescopes all over the world are computationally connected to obtain resolutions that are not possible with one telescope. In the episode I chat with Heino Falcke, the chair of the EHT science committee, about the science, the telescope, what it took to get it going, and image reconstruction. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 318 – (My Flight with) The USAF Thunderbirds http://omegataupodcast.net/318-my-flight-with-the-usaf-thunderbirds/ http://omegataupodcast.net/318-my-flight-with-the-usaf-thunderbirds/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:13:57 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4651 http://omegataupodcast.net/318-my-flight-with-the-usaf-thunderbirds/feed/ 16 3:33:39 In June 2019 I had the pleasure and honor to fly in an F-16D with the USAF Thunderbirds. The episode covers the medical briefing about how to prevent motion sickness and how to deal with Gs, suiting up with flight suit, g-suit, harness, helmet and m[...] In June 2019 I had the pleasure and honor to fly in an F-16D with the USAF Thunderbirds. The episode covers the medical briefing about how to prevent motion sickness and how to deal with Gs, suiting up with flight suit, g-suit, harness, helmet and mask, the briefing with my pilot Maj. Jason Markzon, the flight itself with commentary, an interview about the Thunderbirds with Jason, as well as a reflection on what the flight meant to me, recorded together with Nora. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 317 – The ALICE Detector http://omegataupodcast.net/317-the-alice-detector/ http://omegataupodcast.net/317-the-alice-detector/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:30:00 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4624 ALICE, one of the four large experiments at the LHC and talked with Despina Hatzifotiadou. We briefly discussed the science that ALICE is interested in, and then spent the majority of the time dissecting the detector to understand its components and how they detect the various products of particle collisions.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/317-the-alice-detector/feed/ 9 2:02:26 In May I visited ALICE, one of the four large experiments at the LHC and talked with Despina Hatzifotiadou. We briefly discussed the science that ALICE is interested in, and then spent the majority of the time dissecting the detector to understand i[...] In May I visited ALICE, one of the four large experiments at the LHC and talked with Despina Hatzifotiadou. We briefly discussed the science that ALICE is interested in, and then spent the majority of the time dissecting the detector to understand its components and how they detect the various products of particle collisions. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 315 – Modeling Socio-Technical Systems http://omegataupodcast.net/315-modeling-socio-technical-systems/ http://omegataupodcast.net/315-modeling-socio-technical-systems/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:02:48 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4606 Socio-technical systems are systems where (groups of) humans interact with (non-trivial) technical systems; an example is the power grid. The people, the technical system and the combination might easily lead to complex behavior that is hard to predict and control over the long term. However, as illustrated by, for example, the need to transition our energy infrastructure to a more sustainable structure, it is necessary for society to "control" such systems. Igor Nikolic is a professor at the TU Delft where he uses agent-based modeling approach to try to understand, and thus help control and evolve such systems. We discuss the systems, the challenges as well as the modeling approaches.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/315-modeling-socio-technical-systems/feed/ 12 2:42:51 Socio-technical systems are systems where (groups of) humans interact with (non-trivial) technical systems; an example is the power grid. The people, the technical system and the combination might easily lead to complex behavior that is hard to pred[...] Socio-technical systems are systems where (groups of) humans interact with (non-trivial) technical systems; an example is the power grid. The people, the technical system and the combination might easily lead to complex behavior that is hard to predict and control over the long term. However, as illustrated by, for example, the need to transition our energy infrastructure to a more sustainable structure, it is necessary for society to "control" such systems. Igor Nikolic is a professor at the TU Delft where he uses agent-based modeling approach to try to understand, and thus help control and evolve such systems. We discuss the systems, the challenges as well as the modeling approaches. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 314 – London Air Ambulance http://omegataupodcast.net/314-london-air-ambulance/ http://omegataupodcast.net/314-london-air-ambulance/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:32:26 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4589 London Air Ambulance, a charity organization that flies two MD-902 helicopters over the UK's capital. I chatted with their chief pilot Neil Jeffers about the flying and some of the medical aspects. My recorder then joined Neil on a short flight to their hangar at RAF Northolt. There, we met Adam Spink, a NATS air traffic controller at Heathrow, and the three of us chatted about the ATC perspective of flying helicopters (sometimes) in Heathrows's approach. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/314-london-air-ambulance/feed/ 7 2:13:57 Earlier this year I visited the London Air Ambulance, a charity organization that flies two MD-902 helicopters over the UK's capital. I chatted with their chief pilot Neil Jeffers about the flying and some of the medical aspects. My recorder then jo[...] Earlier this year I visited the London Air Ambulance, a charity organization that flies two MD-902 helicopters over the UK's capital. I chatted with their chief pilot Neil Jeffers about the flying and some of the medical aspects. My recorder then joined Neil on a short flight to their hangar at RAF Northolt. There, we met Adam Spink, a NATS air traffic controller at Heathrow, and the three of us chatted about the ATC perspective of flying helicopters (sometimes) in Heathrows's approach. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 312 – The Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Experiment http://omegataupodcast.net/312-the-wendelstein-7-x-fusion-experiment/ http://omegataupodcast.net/312-the-wendelstein-7-x-fusion-experiment/#comments Sat, 11 May 2019 09:29:26 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4577 Wendelstein 7-X fusion experiment in Greifswald run by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik. We started out with a visit to the experiment hall, while experimentalist Matthias Hirsch gave us an overview over the machine. Next we discussed theory and modeling with Ralf Kleiber. Finally, I returned to Matthias Hirsch, and we chatted about more experimental aspects of Wendelstein. It is probably best to listen to our previous fusion episodes (22, 157 and 304) before listening to this one.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/312-the-wendelstein-7-x-fusion-experiment/feed/ 10 3:27:50 In our never-ending quest to understand fusion and its potential use in energy production, I visited the Wendelstein 7-X fusion experiment in Greifswald run by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik. We started out with a visit to the experiment h[...] In our never-ending quest to understand fusion and its potential use in energy production, I visited the Wendelstein 7-X fusion experiment in Greifswald run by the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik. We started out with a visit to the experiment hall, while experimentalist Matthias Hirsch gave us an overview over the machine. Next we discussed theory and modeling with Ralf Kleiber. Finally, I returned to Matthias Hirsch, and we chatted about more experimental aspects of Wendelstein. It is probably best to listen to our previous fusion episodes (22, 157 and 304) before listening to this one. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 309 – Forensic Engineering http://omegataupodcast.net/309-forensic-engineering/ http://omegataupodcast.net/309-forensic-engineering/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2019 19:55:59 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4554 Sean Brady about structural failures in civil engineering. We first discuss the technical and organzational causes for such failures. We then look at Sean's specialty, forensic engineering, which is about analyzing failures to determine the root cause. Sean also has his own podcast in which he delves into much more detail about engineering failures, not just in construction.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/309-forensic-engineering/feed/ 2 2:04:59 In this episode I chat with Sean Brady about structural failures in civil engineering. We first discuss the technical and organzational causes for such failures. We then look at Sean's specialty, forensic engineering, which is about analyzing failur[...] In this episode I chat with Sean Brady about structural failures in civil engineering. We first discuss the technical and organzational causes for such failures. We then look at Sean's specialty, forensic engineering, which is about analyzing failures to determine the root cause. Sean also has his own podcast in which he delves into much more detail about engineering failures, not just in construction. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 306 – Flying the RC-135S Cobra Ball http://omegataupodcast.net/306-flying-the-kc-135s-cobra-ball/ http://omegataupodcast.net/306-flying-the-kc-135s-cobra-ball/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:45:06 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4534 Robert Hopkins has been flying the aircraft in the late 1980s. In this episode he tells us about the mission and the flying -- Shemya could be quite challenging.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/306-flying-the-kc-135s-cobra-ball/feed/ 4 1:33:30 Throughout the cold war, and til today, the Cobra-codenamed ground, sea and air assets have been used by the US to monitor Soviet/Russian ICBM missile launches and warhead reentries. The air component consists of the RC-135 Cobra Ball/Eye aircraft. [...] Throughout the cold war, and til today, the Cobra-codenamed ground, sea and air assets have been used by the US to monitor Soviet/Russian ICBM missile launches and warhead reentries. The air component consists of the RC-135 Cobra Ball/Eye aircraft. Flying from Shemya in the Aleutians they used cameras and other sensors. Our guest, Robert Hopkins has been flying the aircraft in the late 1980s. In this episode he tells us about the mission and the flying -- Shemya could be quite challenging. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 304 – The Past, Present and Future of Fusion Energy http://omegataupodcast.net/304-the-past-present-and-future-of-fusion/ http://omegataupodcast.net/304-the-past-present-and-future-of-fusion/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2019 17:13:02 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4492 The Future of Fusion Energy, and this episode is based on this book. We start out by revisiting the breakthroughs that drove progress in fusion over the decades, including understanding stars, the tokamak, superconducting magnets, supercomputers and a number of specific aspects of plasma physics. We then look at the current state of fusion research as well as where it might go. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/304-the-past-present-and-future-of-fusion/feed/ 5 2:15:36 Justin and Jason wrote a nice book on fusion called The Future of Fusion Energy, and this episode is based on this book. We start out by revisiting the breakthroughs that drove progress in fusion over the decades, including understanding stars, the [...] Justin and Jason wrote a nice book on fusion called The Future of Fusion Energy, and this episode is based on this book. We start out by revisiting the breakthroughs that drove progress in fusion over the decades, including understanding stars, the tokamak, superconducting magnets, supercomputers and a number of specific aspects of plasma physics. We then look at the current state of fusion research as well as where it might go. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 300 – How Processors Got So Fast http://omegataupodcast.net/300-how-processors-got-so-fast/ http://omegataupodcast.net/300-how-processors-got-so-fast/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:49:21 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4453 Lex Augusteijn about superscalar processors, pipelining, speculative execution, register renaming and the like. We also discuss concerns other than speed, in particular, energy efficiency. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/300-how-processors-got-so-fast/feed/ 13 2:25:01 Have you ever wondered how the processor in your phone or computer got so much more faster than what the increase in megahertz suggests? In this episode we talk with Lex Augusteijn about superscalar processors, pipelining, speculative execution, reg[...] Have you ever wondered how the processor in your phone or computer got so much more faster than what the increase in megahertz suggests? In this episode we talk with Lex Augusteijn about superscalar processors, pipelining, speculative execution, register renaming and the like. We also discuss concerns other than speed, in particular, energy efficiency. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 299 – Gravity Storage http://omegataupodcast.net/299-gravity-storage/ http://omegataupodcast.net/299-gravity-storage/#comments Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:02:16 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4438 Eduard Heindl's gravity storage is an approach to storing electrical energy as potential energy by lifting huge masses cut out of the ground. While this sounds crazy, there are lots of reasons why this makes sense. In the episode we discuss then need, the general approach, the construction process and some of the engineering challenges. We also look at the innovation process, the path from the idea to something that is ready to be built.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/299-gravity-storage/feed/ 20 1:40:17 With power generation in the grid becoming more diverse and decentralized, energy storage is becoming more and more important. Eduard Heindl's gravity storage is an approach to storing electrical energy as potential energy by lifting huge masses cut[...] With power generation in the grid becoming more diverse and decentralized, energy storage is becoming more and more important. Eduard Heindl's gravity storage is an approach to storing electrical energy as potential energy by lifting huge masses cut out of the ground. While this sounds crazy, there are lots of reasons why this makes sense. In the episode we discuss then need, the general approach, the construction process and some of the engineering challenges. We also look at the innovation process, the path from the idea to something that is ready to be built. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 297 – Flying the AH-64 Apache http://omegataupodcast.net/297-flying-the-ah-64-apache/ http://omegataupodcast.net/297-flying-the-ah-64-apache/#comments Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:12:43 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4420 AH-64 Apache helicopter there. We talked about the helicopter's systems, the cockpit, aspects of flying it as well as some of the missions. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/297-flying-the-ah-64-apache/feed/ 9 2:28:50 In mid-September I drove to Illesheim Army Airfield to meet with Caleb Marheine who flies the AH-64 Apache helicopter there. We talked about the helicopter's systems, the cockpit, aspects of flying it as well as some of the missions. In mid-September I drove to Illesheim Army Airfield to meet with Caleb Marheine who flies the AH-64 Apache helicopter there. We talked about the helicopter's systems, the cockpit, aspects of flying it as well as some of the missions. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 295 – BepiColombo http://omegataupodcast.net/295-bepicolombo/ http://omegataupodcast.net/295-bepicolombo/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2018 18:19:59 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4376 BepiColombo started its flight to Mercury on an Ariane 5 from Kourou. I was at the launch press event at ESOC in Darmstadt to follow the launch and to record a couple of interviews. The episode consists of three major parts. The first part is an interview with Pablo Munoz about mission analysis and flight dynamics. The second part looks at the science with Joe Zender, Roberto Peron, Ajako Matsuoka and Joana Oliveira. And part three are multiple short takes with Paolo Ferri, Andreas Rudolph and Fabian Luedicke recorded in the middle of the night at ESOC.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/295-bepicolombo/feed/ 5 2:12:19 On October 20, the BepiColombo started its flight to Mercury on an Ariane 5 from Kourou. I was at the launch press event at ESOC in Darmstadt to follow the launch and to record a couple of interviews. The episode consists of three major parts. The f[...] On October 20, the BepiColombo started its flight to Mercury on an Ariane 5 from Kourou. I was at the launch press event at ESOC in Darmstadt to follow the launch and to record a couple of interviews. The episode consists of three major parts. The first part is an interview with Pablo Munoz about mission analysis and flight dynamics. The second part looks at the science with Joe Zender, Roberto Peron, Ajako Matsuoka and Joana Oliveira. And part three are multiple short takes with Paolo Ferri, Andreas Rudolph and Fabian Luedicke recorded in the middle of the night at ESOC. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 292 – Gene Editing with CRISPR/Cas http://omegataupodcast.net/292-gene-editing-with-crispr-cas/ http://omegataupodcast.net/292-gene-editing-with-crispr-cas/#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:59:39 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4285 Sam Sternberg about the naturally occuring CRISPR systems, how they work, and how CRISPR together with its associated enzymes can be used to cut, and subsequently, edit, DNA. We conclude the episode with an outlook on the potential use in medicine.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/292-gene-editing-with-crispr-cas/feed/ 3 1:31:35 CRISPR is a family of DNA sequences in bacteria and archaea that are a part of these organisms' cellular defense system. A recent discovery showed how this mechanism can be used to edit genes much more easily than legacy methods. In this episode I c[...] CRISPR is a family of DNA sequences in bacteria and archaea that are a part of these organisms' cellular defense system. A recent discovery showed how this mechanism can be used to edit genes much more easily than legacy methods. In this episode I chat with Sam Sternberg about the naturally occuring CRISPR systems, how they work, and how CRISPR together with its associated enzymes can be used to cut, and subsequently, edit, DNA. We conclude the episode with an outlook on the potential use in medicine. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 291 – Flying in the Papuan Bush http://omegataupodcast.net/291-flying-in-the-papuan-bush/ http://omegataupodcast.net/291-flying-in-the-papuan-bush/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:37:06 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4263 http://omegataupodcast.net/291-flying-in-the-papuan-bush/feed/ 9 1:44:05 I chat with Daniel Geaslen about bush flying. His (at this time, former) job is to fly Kodiak turbo props for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua Indonesia, supplying remote villages. We cover the airplane, the missions, as well as the flying itsel[...] I chat with Daniel Geaslen about bush flying. His (at this time, former) job is to fly Kodiak turbo props for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Papua Indonesia, supplying remote villages. We cover the airplane, the missions, as well as the flying itself, with a particular focus on weather and challenging airfields. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 289 – Music Production at Sandlane Studios http://omegataupodcast.net/289-music-production-at-sandlane-studios/ http://omegataupodcast.net/289-music-production-at-sandlane-studios/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:50:58 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4242 I interviewed Arjen Lucassen about his wonderful music and how he makes it; obviously, I am a big fan! Recently, his Ayreon universe was performed live on stage and I was blown away. I decided I had to talk the the guy behind the live shows, Joost van den Broek. Luckily he agreed. So I visited him in his studios and we talked about music production and arrangement in general, and specifically for the Ayreon live shows.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/289-music-production-at-sandlane-studios/feed/ 5 2:06:54 A few years ago, I interviewed Arjen Lucassen about his wonderful music and how he makes it; obviously, I am a big fan! Recently, his Ayreon universe was performed live on stage and I was blown away. I decided I had to talk the the guy behind the li[...] A few years ago, I interviewed Arjen Lucassen about his wonderful music and how he makes it; obviously, I am a big fan! Recently, his Ayreon universe was performed live on stage and I was blown away. I decided I had to talk the the guy behind the live shows, Joost van den Broek. Luckily he agreed. So I visited him in his studios and we talked about music production and arrangement in general, and specifically for the Ayreon live shows. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 288 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 3: Historic http://omegataupodcast.net/288-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-3-historic/ http://omegataupodcast.net/288-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-3-historic/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:59:05 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4224 Al Bowers about the research projects he has been involved in during his long career at NASA. We cover deep stall research with a Schweizer sailplane, high-alpha flight and thrust vectoring with the X-29, X-31 and F-18 HARV, aero-tow of fast jets with the F-106, supercritical wings with the F-8, as well as space related projects using the SR-71 and the X-30. This is one of my favourite episodes of all time, since it is a bit of trip down memory lane for me personally, and Al perfectly hits the sweet spot between recounting facts and telling anecdotes.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/288-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-3-historic/feed/ 8 3:00:27 In this episode I talk with NASA Armstrong's chief scientist Al Bowers about the research projects he has been involved in during his long career at NASA. We cover deep stall research with a Schweizer sailplane, high-alpha flight and thrust vectorin[...] In this episode I talk with NASA Armstrong's chief scientist Al Bowers about the research projects he has been involved in during his long career at NASA. We cover deep stall research with a Schweizer sailplane, high-alpha flight and thrust vectoring with the X-29, X-31 and F-18 HARV, aero-tow of fast jets with the F-106, supercritical wings with the F-8, as well as space related projects using the SR-71 and the X-30. This is one of my favourite episodes of all time, since it is a bit of trip down memory lane for me personally, and Al perfectly hits the sweet spot between recounting facts and telling anecdotes. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 286 – Software Analog Effects http://omegataupodcast.net/286-software-analog-effects/ http://omegataupodcast.net/286-software-analog-effects/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:21:01 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4092 Native Instruments is a manufacturer of such software analog effects packages. In this episode I chat with one of their engineers, Julian Parker, about how this software simulation of the electronic hardware is done.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/286-software-analog-effects/feed/ 1 2:04:24 Effects devices are essential for electric guitars and keyboards because they shape sound and make it interesting; many classic devices exist. However, those are rare and/or expensive, plus, even if they are not, carrying them around on a tour costs[...] Effects devices are essential for electric guitars and keyboards because they shape sound and make it interesting; many classic devices exist. However, those are rare and/or expensive, plus, even if they are not, carrying them around on a tour costs money. This is why these hardware devices are simulated in software, and distributed as plugins for audio software. Native Instruments is a manufacturer of such software analog effects packages. In this episode I chat with one of their engineers, Julian Parker, about how this software simulation of the electronic hardware is done. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 285 – Superconductivity http://omegataupodcast.net/285-superconductivity/ http://omegataupodcast.net/285-superconductivity/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:31:43 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4062 Superconductivity, the ability of a material to carry electrical current with zero resistance, is a surprising property of nature, which man has been able to exploit in many ways, in particular, for high-performance magnets. Those are used in magnetic resonance imagers, but also in colliders and fusion reactors. In this episode we discuss the basics of superconductivity and its uses with Pierre Bauer, a superconductor engineer at ITER.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/285-superconductivity/feed/ 17 2:50:50 Superconductivity, the ability of a material to carry electrical current with zero resistance, is a surprising property of nature, which man has been able to exploit in many ways, in particular, for high-performance magnets. Those are used in magnet[...] Superconductivity, the ability of a material to carry electrical current with zero resistance, is a surprising property of nature, which man has been able to exploit in many ways, in particular, for high-performance magnets. Those are used in magnetic resonance imagers, but also in colliders and fusion reactors. In this episode we discuss the basics of superconductivity and its uses with Pierre Bauer, a superconductor engineer at ITER. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 283 – The Perlan Project http://omegataupodcast.net/283-the-perlan-project/ http://omegataupodcast.net/283-the-perlan-project/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 10:07:41 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=4035 Perlan Project aims to fly gliders into the stratosphere by exploiting mountain waves in order to better understand those waves and to explore the edge of what gliders can do. In fact, last September, they broke the world altitude record for gliders. In this episode we chat about the project, the airplane and the flying with engineer Lars Bensch and pilot Jim Payne.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/283-the-perlan-project/feed/ 2 1:51:20 The Perlan Project aims to fly gliders into the stratosphere by exploiting mountain waves in order to better understand those waves and to explore the edge of what gliders can do. In fact, last September, they broke the world altitude record for gli[...] The Perlan Project aims to fly gliders into the stratosphere by exploiting mountain waves in order to better understand those waves and to explore the edge of what gliders can do. In fact, last September, they broke the world altitude record for gliders. In this episode we chat about the project, the airplane and the flying with engineer Lars Bensch and pilot Jim Payne. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 279 – Microgravity Research at ZARM Drop Tower http://omegataupodcast.net/279-microgravity-research-at-zarm-drop-tower/ http://omegataupodcast.net/279-microgravity-research-at-zarm-drop-tower/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:31:01 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3920 NorthWest 2017 I visited the drop tower at Uni Bremen's ZARM and talked with Martin Castillo, the head of material science at the facility. We discussed the basics of microgravity research, the technical aspects of the tower, how to set up experiments, and also about his particular work in material science.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/279-microgravity-research-at-zarm-drop-tower/feed/ 7 1:46:56 During our tour NorthWest 2017 I visited the drop tower at Uni Bremen's ZARM and talked with Martin Castillo, the head of material science at the facility. We discussed the basics of microgravity research, the technical aspects of the tower, how to [...] During our tour NorthWest 2017 I visited the drop tower at Uni Bremen's ZARM and talked with Martin Castillo, the head of material science at the facility. We discussed the basics of microgravity research, the technical aspects of the tower, how to set up experiments, and also about his particular work in material science. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 277 – Life and Work on HMS Enterprise http://omegataupodcast.net/277-life-and-work-on-hms-enterprise/ http://omegataupodcast.net/277-life-and-work-on-hms-enterprise/#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:09:23 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3845 HMS Enterprise on her trip from Limassol, Cyprus to Valetta, Malta. HMS Enterprise is a survey ship, her primary task is to map the sea floor using sonar and feed the data into civilian and military maps. In this detailed episode, we chat about the ship, its mission, the survey equipment, the technical aspects of the propulsion and systems, plus about life on board a ship and nautical issues in general.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/277-life-and-work-on-hms-enterprise/feed/ 26 8:03:42 In December 2017 I had the opportunity to spend a few days on board the Royal Navy's HMS Enterprise on her trip from Limassol, Cyprus to Valetta, Malta. HMS Enterprise is a survey ship, her primary task is to map the sea floor using sonar and feed t[...] In December 2017 I had the opportunity to spend a few days on board the Royal Navy's HMS Enterprise on her trip from Limassol, Cyprus to Valetta, Malta. HMS Enterprise is a survey ship, her primary task is to map the sea floor using sonar and feed the data into civilian and military maps. In this detailed episode, we chat about the ship, its mission, the survey equipment, the technical aspects of the propulsion and systems, plus about life on board a ship and nautical issues in general. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 276 – Linguistics, Conlangers and Game Of Thrones’ Dothraki http://omegataupodcast.net/276-linguistics-conlangers-and-game-of-thrones-dothraki/ http://omegataupodcast.net/276-linguistics-conlangers-and-game-of-thrones-dothraki/#comments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:25:36 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3833 David Peterson, has designed several languages, including the the Dothraki language featured prominently in Game Of Thrones. In this episode we use Dothraki (and English, and a bit of German) to introduce the basics of linguistics, i.e., the science behind natural (and in this case, designed) languages. We also discuss a few specific of Dothraki, and how it gets used in Game Of Thrones.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/276-linguistics-conlangers-and-game-of-thrones-dothraki/feed/ 17 2:11:48 Conlangers are people who design human languages, either just for fun or for use in works of fiction, often TV series or movies. My guest, David Peterson, has designed several languages, including the the Dothraki language featured prominently in Ga[...] Conlangers are people who design human languages, either just for fun or for use in works of fiction, often TV series or movies. My guest, David Peterson, has designed several languages, including the the Dothraki language featured prominently in Game Of Thrones. In this episode we use Dothraki (and English, and a bit of German) to introduce the basics of linguistics, i.e., the science behind natural (and in this case, designed) languages. We also discuss a few specific of Dothraki, and how it gets used in Game Of Thrones. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 274 – The Shuttle’s Achievements for Space Exploration http://omegataupodcast.net/274-the-shuttles-achievements-for-space-exploration/ http://omegataupodcast.net/274-the-shuttles-achievements-for-space-exploration/#comments Mon, 25 Dec 2017 09:03:01 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3783 132, 133) with Davide on the Space Shuttle. Based on his new, second book we talk about the contributions the Space Shuttle made to space exploration in general. These include advances in space suits, the construction of the ISS, satellite servicing, its use as a science platform as well as military operations.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/274-the-shuttles-achievements-for-space-exploration/feed/ 5 2:19:46 This episode is a continuation of the two previous episodes (132, 133) with Davide on the Space Shuttle. Based on his new, second book we talk about the contributions the Space Shuttle made to space exploration in general. These include advances in [...] This episode is a continuation of the two previous episodes (132, 133) with Davide on the Space Shuttle. Based on his new, second book we talk about the contributions the Space Shuttle made to space exploration in general. These include advances in space suits, the construction of the ISS, satellite servicing, its use as a science platform as well as military operations. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 270 – Nuclear Weapons http://omegataupodcast.net/270-nuclear-weapons/ http://omegataupodcast.net/270-nuclear-weapons/#comments Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:34:44 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3731 Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology. We talk about atomic bombs as well as hydrogen bombs, how to refine the necessary fuels as well as a little bit of history. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/270-nuclear-weapons/feed/ 17 2:31:06 In this episode we chat about the science and engineering involved in nuclear weapons. Our guest is Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology. We talk about atomic bombs as well as hydrogen bombs, how to refine the necessary fuels as w[...] In this episode we chat about the science and engineering involved in nuclear weapons. Our guest is Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology. We talk about atomic bombs as well as hydrogen bombs, how to refine the necessary fuels as well as a little bit of history. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 267 – The Quantum Tron UAV http://omegataupodcast.net/267-the-quantum-tron-uav/ http://omegataupodcast.net/267-the-quantum-tron-uav/#comments Sun, 22 Oct 2017 17:42:26 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3696 Quantum Systems designs, builds and sells unmanned air vehicles for professional use. Their particular specialty is VTOL designs, i.e., UAVs that take off and land vertically, but then switch to airplane mode for airplane-like speed and range. In this episode we chat with Quantum's CEO Florian Seibel about their primary drone, the Tron. We focus on the motivation for developing the aircraft, the use cases, as well as design decisions and technical aspects.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/267-the-quantum-tron-uav/feed/ 2 1:50:33 Quantum Systems designs, builds and sells unmanned air vehicles for professional use. Their particular specialty is VTOL designs, i.e., UAVs that take off and land vertically, but then switch to airplane mode for airplane-like speed and range. In th[...] Quantum Systems designs, builds and sells unmanned air vehicles for professional use. Their particular specialty is VTOL designs, i.e., UAVs that take off and land vertically, but then switch to airplane mode for airplane-like speed and range. In this episode we chat with Quantum's CEO Florian Seibel about their primary drone, the Tron. We focus on the motivation for developing the aircraft, the use cases, as well as design decisions and technical aspects. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 266 – Secondary Surveillance Radar http://omegataupodcast.net/266-secondary-surveillance-radar/ http://omegataupodcast.net/266-secondary-surveillance-radar/#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:56:59 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3677 Mike Sharples who has been part of the development of the technology and is intimately familiar with the details. We discuss the importance of SSR today, the details of the protocol, the difference between and evolution from Mode A/C to S as well as the relationship to ADS-B.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/266-secondary-surveillance-radar/feed/ 5 2:14:47 Secondary surveillance radar (SSR) is the radar technology used in aviation to query transponders; it forms the backbone of today's air traffic control infrastructure. Our guest in this episode is Mike Sharples who has been part of the development o[...] Secondary surveillance radar (SSR) is the radar technology used in aviation to query transponders; it forms the backbone of today's air traffic control infrastructure. Our guest in this episode is Mike Sharples who has been part of the development of the technology and is intimately familiar with the details. We discuss the importance of SSR today, the details of the protocol, the difference between and evolution from Mode A/C to S as well as the relationship to ADS-B. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 258 – The History and Technology of Spy Satellites http://omegataupodcast.net/258-the-history-and-technology-of-spy-satellites/ http://omegataupodcast.net/258-the-history-and-technology-of-spy-satellites/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:25:51 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3540 book about spy satellites. We cover the political and military context that drove their development, their (known and suspected) capabilities, methods of recovering the images, as well as typical orbits and the sartellites' ability to change that orbit for quick repositioning.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/258-the-history-and-technology-of-spy-satellites/feed/ 8 2:05:54 In this episode we speak with David Baker, who wrote a fascinating book about spy satellites. We cover the political and military context that drove their development, their (known and suspected) capabilities, methods of recovering the images, as we[...] In this episode we speak with David Baker, who wrote a fascinating book about spy satellites. We cover the political and military context that drove their development, their (known and suspected) capabilities, methods of recovering the images, as well as typical orbits and the sartellites' ability to change that orbit for quick repositioning. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 257 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 2: Fullscale http://omegataupodcast.net/257-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-2-fullscale/ http://omegataupodcast.net/257-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-2-fullscale/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:59:05 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3531 trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, those concerning full scale ("real") aircraft are in this episode. We start out with Kevin Weinert, with whom we talk about the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project, essentially a flap made of flexible materials to save fuel and reduce noise. Next up is Jim Less, one of NASA's F-15 and F-18 pilots; we chat about his flying and various research projects where the jets are utilized (you can see this part as a continuation of Episode 73, where we chatted with Dick Ewers). Finally, we talk about flying the MQ-9 and RQ-4 unmanned aerial vehicles with the pilots Scott Howe and Hernan Posada. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/257-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-2-fullscale/feed/ 2 2:56:48 As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, those concerning full scale ("real") aircraft are in this episode. We start out wit[...] As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, those concerning full scale ("real") aircraft are in this episode. We start out with Kevin Weinert, with whom we talk about the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project, essentially a flap made of flexible materials to save fuel and reduce noise. Next up is Jim Less, one of NASA's F-15 and F-18 pilots; we chat about his flying and various research projects where the jets are utilized (you can see this part as a continuation of Episode 73, where we chatted with Dick Ewers). Finally, we talk about flying the MQ-9 and RQ-4 unmanned aerial vehicles with the pilots Scott Howe and Hernan Posada. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 256 – Flight Research at NASA Armstrong, Part 1: Subscale http://omegataupodcast.net/256-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-1-subscale/ http://omegataupodcast.net/256-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-1-subscale/#comments Sun, 16 Jul 2017 18:49:38 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3527 trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, the ones concerning subscale research (i.e., on model airplanes) are in this episode. We start with a conversation about flying wings in general and Prandtl-D in particular with Armstrong's Chief Scientist Al Bowers. Next, we chat about flutter research and the X-56 with project lead Cheng Moua. Finally, we talk to Matt Moholt about his project, the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/256-flight-research-at-nasa-armstrong-part-1-subscale/feed/ 3 1:59:50 As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, the ones concerning subscale research (i.e., on model airplanes) are in this episod[...] As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, the ones concerning subscale research (i.e., on model airplanes) are in this episode. We start with a conversation about flying wings in general and Prandtl-D in particular with Armstrong's Chief Scientist Al Bowers. Next, we chat about flutter research and the X-56 with project lead Cheng Moua. Finally, we talk to Matt Moholt about his project, the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 255 – Aerial Refueling with the KDC-10 http://omegataupodcast.net/255-aerial-refueling-with-the-kdc-10/ http://omegataupodcast.net/255-aerial-refueling-with-the-kdc-10/#comments Sat, 08 Jul 2017 16:54:05 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3505 European Air Transport Command headquartered in Eindhoven. While the planned flight on the Dutch KDC-10 did not work our for technical reasons, I recorded a follow-up interview with tanker captain Martin and boom operator Louis. We discussed a number of details around air-to-air refuelling in general and the KDC-10 in particular. The episode begins with an overview of aerial refuelling that I recorded myself.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/255-aerial-refueling-with-the-kdc-10/feed/ 6 1:09:23 In late March 2017 I was participating in the media day of the European Air Refuelling Training Exercise, organized by the European Air Transport Command headquartered in Eindhoven. While the planned flight on the Dutch KDC-10 did not work our for t[...] In late March 2017 I was participating in the media day of the European Air Refuelling Training Exercise, organized by the European Air Transport Command headquartered in Eindhoven. While the planned flight on the Dutch KDC-10 did not work our for technical reasons, I recorded a follow-up interview with tanker captain Martin and boom operator Louis. We discussed a number of details around air-to-air refuelling in general and the KDC-10 in particular. The episode begins with an overview of aerial refuelling that I recorded myself. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 252 – Red Flag http://omegataupodcast.net/252-red-flag/ http://omegataupodcast.net/252-red-flag/#comments Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:17:26 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3484 visit to Nellis AFB we covered the Red Flag, an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at multiple times per year at Nellis. We started out with a general overview with Jan Stahl; we also covered the role of the aggressors. I then talked with John Traylor who works as a ground intercept controller for the aggressors. Next is a conversation with Graham Johnson about Red Flag from the perspective of a blue force participant; he flies an F-15C out of Lakenheath. We conclude the episode with a look at the historical context that lead to Red Flag, again with Jan.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/252-red-flag/feed/ 10 3:09:49 On the second day of my visit to Nellis AFB we covered the Red Flag, an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at multiple times per year at Nellis. We started out with a general overview with Jan Stahl; we also covered the role of the aggr[...] On the second day of my visit to Nellis AFB we covered the Red Flag, an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at multiple times per year at Nellis. We started out with a general overview with Jan Stahl; we also covered the role of the aggressors. I then talked with John Traylor who works as a ground intercept controller for the aggressors. Next is a conversation with Graham Johnson about Red Flag from the perspective of a blue force participant; he flies an F-15C out of Lakenheath. We conclude the episode with a look at the historical context that lead to Red Flag, again with Jan. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 251 – Flying the F-16 Viper http://omegataupodcast.net/251-flying-the-f-16-viper/ http://omegataupodcast.net/251-flying-the-f-16-viper/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:15:55 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3295 US trip 2017 I visited Nellis AFB, where LtCol Jan Stahl flies the F-16 for the 64th Aggressor Squadron. We spent a day around, in and under the F-16. The episode contains five parts. A brief introduction to the F-16 and its development, a discussion about flying it, a walkaround, a look at all the knobs, switches and displays in the cockpit as well as a detailed discussion on the HOTAS system that forms the backbone of the pilot's interaction with the avionics.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/251-flying-the-f-16-viper/feed/ 31 3:31:50 As part of my US trip 2017 I visited Nellis AFB, where LtCol Jan Stahl flies the F-16 for the 64th Aggressor Squadron. We spent a day around, in and under the F-16. The episode contains five parts. A brief introduction to the F-16 and its developmen[...] As part of my US trip 2017 I visited Nellis AFB, where LtCol Jan Stahl flies the F-16 for the 64th Aggressor Squadron. We spent a day around, in and under the F-16. The episode contains five parts. A brief introduction to the F-16 and its development, a discussion about flying it, a walkaround, a look at all the knobs, switches and displays in the cockpit as well as a detailed discussion on the HOTAS system that forms the backbone of the pilot's interaction with the avionics. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 249 – Plasma Physics http://omegataupodcast.net/249-plasma-physics/ http://omegataupodcast.net/249-plasma-physics/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 19:29:40 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3277 trip to the US I also visited the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the UCLA in Los Angeles. I talked with the two professors who run the facility, Walter Gekelman and Troy Carter. We discuss the basics of plasma, the research questions of plasma physics and some of the experimental challenges. I also get (and report on) a tour through the facility, which was very impressive, mainly because the whole system was built by the team around Walter and Troy! ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/249-plasma-physics/feed/ 4 2:27:55 During my trip to the US I also visited the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the UCLA in Los Angeles. I talked with the two professors who run the facility, Walter Gekelman and Troy Carter. We discuss the basics of plasma, the research questions of [...] During my trip to the US I also visited the Basic Plasma Science Facility at the UCLA in Los Angeles. I talked with the two professors who run the facility, Walter Gekelman and Troy Carter. We discuss the basics of plasma, the research questions of plasma physics and some of the experimental challenges. I also get (and report on) a tour through the facility, which was very impressive, mainly because the whole system was built by the team around Walter and Troy! podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 248 – Distant Early Warning, SAGE and the F-106 Delta Dart http://omegataupodcast.net/248-dew-sage-and-the-f-106-delta-dart/ http://omegataupodcast.net/248-dew-sage-and-the-f-106-delta-dart/#comments Sat, 13 May 2017 16:11:54 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3233 North American Air Defense system in the cold war. In particular, we look at the distant early warning line(s), the F-106 interceptor and the SAGE computer system. For DEW, we talk with Mike Milinkovich and Brian Jeffrey who have both worked on the DEW line; Brian also maintains a great website on DEW. For the F-106, we talk with Richard Embry who has flown the interceptor. And for SAGE, we speak with Bernd Ulmann, who has written a very detailed book on SAGE's underlying AN/FSQ-7 computer system. Bernd has also been a previous guest on Episode 159 on analog computers.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/248-dew-sage-and-the-f-106-delta-dart/feed/ 12 3:52:57 In this episode we look back at (aspects of) the North American Air Defense system in the cold war. In particular, we look at the distant early warning line(s), the F-106 interceptor and the SAGE computer system. For DEW, we talk with Mike Milinkov[...] In this episode we look back at (aspects of) the North American Air Defense system in the cold war. In particular, we look at the distant early warning line(s), the F-106 interceptor and the SAGE computer system. For DEW, we talk with Mike Milinkovich and Brian Jeffrey who have both worked on the DEW line; Brian also maintains a great website on DEW. For the F-106, we talk with Richard Embry who has flown the interceptor. And for SAGE, we speak with Bernd Ulmann, who has written a very detailed book on SAGE's underlying AN/FSQ-7 computer system. Bernd has also been a previous guest on Episode 159 on analog computers. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 247 – Bulk Metallic Glass http://omegataupodcast.net/247-bulk-metallic-glass/ http://omegataupodcast.net/247-bulk-metallic-glass/#comments Sun, 07 May 2017 07:44:05 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3220 Dr. Douglas Hofmann works as a scientist in the Metallurgy Lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I visited Doug during my US trip earlier this year, and we chatted about metallic glass. In particular, we discussed its properties, how to create it in bulk, how to test its properties, as well as how and why it is interesting for use in space.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/247-bulk-metallic-glass/feed/ 10 1:46:29 Dr. Douglas Hofmann works as a scientist in the Metallurgy Lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I visited Doug during my US trip earlier this year, and we chatted about metallic glass. In particular, we discussed its properties, how to create it[...] Dr. Douglas Hofmann works as a scientist in the Metallurgy Lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I visited Doug during my US trip earlier this year, and we chatted about metallic glass. In particular, we discussed its properties, how to create it in bulk, how to test its properties, as well as how and why it is interesting for use in space. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 245 – Glaciology Research at the Darwin Glacier http://omegataupodcast.net/245-glaciology-research-at-the-darwin-glacier/ http://omegataupodcast.net/245-glaciology-research-at-the-darwin-glacier/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:37:12 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3138 Earth Observation Center earlier this year I also talked to Dana Floricioiu about her work in glaciology. We discuss a couple of her recent publications, and then focus on her trip to the Darwin Glacier in Antarctica. Together with a team of fellow scientists, she camped on the glacier for three weeks to conduct various in-situ experiments. We discussed the work, but also life on the glacier.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/245-glaciology-research-at-the-darwin-glacier/feed/ 0 1:21:56 During my visit to DLR's Earth Observation Center earlier this year I also talked to Dana Floricioiu about her work in glaciology. We discuss a couple of her recent publications, and then focus on her trip to the Darwin Glacier in Antarctica. Togeth[...] During my visit to DLR's Earth Observation Center earlier this year I also talked to Dana Floricioiu about her work in glaciology. We discuss a couple of her recent publications, and then focus on her trip to the Darwin Glacier in Antarctica. Together with a team of fellow scientists, she camped on the glacier for three weeks to conduct various in-situ experiments. We discussed the work, but also life on the glacier. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 243 – Formal Specification and Proof http://omegataupodcast.net/243-formal-specification-and-proof/ http://omegataupodcast.net/243-formal-specification-and-proof/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:17:37 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3100 Benjamin Pierce, professor of computer science at UPenn. We discuss the nature of (good) specifications, how verification and proof is different from testing, and where and how these techniques are successfully used today.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/243-formal-specification-and-proof/feed/ 2 2:02:51 The increasing complexity of software requires increasingly sophisticated means of ensuring its correctness -- "just" testing is not necessarily good enough, depending on the domain in which the software is used. Formal specification, verification a[...] The increasing complexity of software requires increasingly sophisticated means of ensuring its correctness -- "just" testing is not necessarily good enough, depending on the domain in which the software is used. Formal specification, verification and proof is a field with a long tradition in computer science that is gaining more (practical) relevance these days; and in this episode, we cover the basics. Our guest is Benjamin Pierce, professor of computer science at UPenn. We discuss the nature of (good) specifications, how verification and proof is different from testing, and where and how these techniques are successfully used today. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 242 – Satellite Testing at ESTEC http://omegataupodcast.net/242-satellite-testing-at-estec/ http://omegataupodcast.net/242-satellite-testing-at-estec/#comments Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:46:25 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3088 ESA's ESTEC last fall. I get a tour of the Test Centre with the head of the section, Mark Wagner. We discuss the various test stands and facilities, including the thermal vacuum facility, the large space simulator, the thermal vacuum chamber, the vibration facilities, electromagnetic testing and acoustic testing.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/242-satellite-testing-at-estec/feed/ 7 1:24:13 This is the last episode recorded during my visit to ESA's ESTEC last fall. I get a tour of the Test Centre with the head of the section, Mark Wagner. We discuss the various test stands and facilities, including the thermal vacuum facility, the larg[...] This is the last episode recorded during my visit to ESA's ESTEC last fall. I get a tour of the Test Centre with the head of the section, Mark Wagner. We discuss the various test stands and facilities, including the thermal vacuum facility, the large space simulator, the thermal vacuum chamber, the vibration facilities, electromagnetic testing and acoustic testing. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 241 – Electric Propulsion of Spacecraft http://omegataupodcast.net/241-electric-propulsion-of-spacecraft/ http://omegataupodcast.net/241-electric-propulsion-of-spacecraft/#comments Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:03:46 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3079 ESA's ESTEC last fall, I talked to Jose Gonzalez del Amo, who is the head of the Electric Propulsion Lab. We discussed the basics of electric propulsion, the pros and cons compared to chemical engines, different engine styles and their use cases, as well as the work ESA performs in the lab.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/241-electric-propulsion-of-spacecraft/feed/ 3 1:38:42 During my visit to ESA's ESTEC last fall, I talked to Jose Gonzalez del Amo, who is the head of the Electric Propulsion Lab. We discussed the basics of electric propulsion, the pros and cons compared to chemical engines, different engine styles and [...] During my visit to ESA's ESTEC last fall, I talked to Jose Gonzalez del Amo, who is the head of the Electric Propulsion Lab. We discussed the basics of electric propulsion, the pros and cons compared to chemical engines, different engine styles and their use cases, as well as the work ESA performs in the lab. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 239 – The Saturn V Launch Vehicle http://omegataupodcast.net/239-the-saturn-v-launch-vehicle/ http://omegataupodcast.net/239-the-saturn-v-launch-vehicle/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:24:24 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3059 David Woods has a new book out, so of course he has to talk about it on omega tau :-) His recent book is about the Saturn V launch vehicle, i.e., this time it is about the rocket, not about the spaceship. In this episode we dive into lots of details that we did not cover in the two Apollo episodes (episodes 83 and 97) -- make sure you have listened to those before you listen to this one.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/239-the-saturn-v-launch-vehicle/feed/ 22 2:27:52 David Woods has a new book out, so of course he has to talk about it on omega tau :-) His recent book is about the Saturn V launch vehicle, i.e., this time it is about the rocket, not about the spaceship. In this episode we dive into lots of details[...] David Woods has a new book out, so of course he has to talk about it on omega tau :-) His recent book is about the Saturn V launch vehicle, i.e., this time it is about the rocket, not about the spaceship. In this episode we dive into lots of details that we did not cover in the two Apollo episodes (episodes 83 and 97) -- make sure you have listened to those before you listen to this one. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 238 – Societal Complexity, Part II: Today’s Perspective http://omegataupodcast.net/238-societal-complexity-part-ii-todays-perspective/ http://omegataupodcast.net/238-societal-complexity-part-ii-todays-perspective/#comments Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:25:12 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3053 Joseph Tainter was my guest in omega tau 184 to discuss his concept of increasing complexity and eventual collapse of societies. In this episode, our guest Paul Arbair discusses these concepts in the light of today's rising populism in several countries. The episode is based on two articles Paul wrote on his blog: one on Brexit and one on Trump.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/238-societal-complexity-part-ii-todays-perspective/feed/ 20 1:11:37 In October 2015, Joseph Tainter was my guest in omega tau 184 to discuss his concept of increasing complexity and eventual collapse of societies. In this episode, our guest Paul Arbair discusses these concepts in the light of today's rising populism[...] In October 2015, Joseph Tainter was my guest in omega tau 184 to discuss his concept of increasing complexity and eventual collapse of societies. In this episode, our guest Paul Arbair discusses these concepts in the light of today's rising populism in several countries. The episode is based on two articles Paul wrote on his blog: one on Brexit and one on Trump. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 237 – Synthesizers http://omegataupodcast.net/237-synthesizers/ http://omegataupodcast.net/237-synthesizers/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:10:44 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3048 Rutger Vlek of River Creative Technology in his home studio to record an episode about synthesizers. We talked about the basics of sound generation, various enveloping and filtering techniques, sound design, the different fundamental approaches of sound synthesis, as well as a couple of classic synths. Rutger illustrated lots of approaches with samples from some of his many synthesizers.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/237-synthesizers/feed/ 27 3:28:41 Late 2016, during a trip to the Netherlands, I visted Rutger Vlek of River Creative Technology in his home studio to record an episode about synthesizers. We talked about the basics of sound generation, various enveloping and filtering techniques, s[...] Late 2016, during a trip to the Netherlands, I visted Rutger Vlek of River Creative Technology in his home studio to record an episode about synthesizers. We talked about the basics of sound generation, various enveloping and filtering techniques, sound design, the different fundamental approaches of sound synthesis, as well as a couple of classic synths. Rutger illustrated lots of approaches with samples from some of his many synthesizers. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 236 – Space Flight Software http://omegataupodcast.net/236-space-flight-software/ http://omegataupodcast.net/236-space-flight-software/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:28:44 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3032 ESTEC, ESA's space research and technology center. In this first of three episodes, I talk with Maria Hernek, who heads the Flight Software Systems section. We talk about the challenges of space flight software, the development processes used by ESA and its vendors, as well as means of ensuring the required quality attributes. This episode can be seen as a continuation of the conversation with Andreas Wortmann in the OHB episode.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/236-space-flight-software/feed/ 9 1:47:34 Last fall I visited ESTEC, ESA's space research and technology center. In this first of three episodes, I talk with Maria Hernek, who heads the Flight Software Systems section. We talk about the challenges of space flight software, the development p[...] Last fall I visited ESTEC, ESA's space research and technology center. In this first of three episodes, I talk with Maria Hernek, who heads the Flight Software Systems section. We talk about the challenges of space flight software, the development processes used by ESA and its vendors, as well as means of ensuring the required quality attributes. This episode can be seen as a continuation of the conversation with Andreas Wortmann in the OHB episode. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 235 – A Walk in the Woods with Miami Rick and the Big Boeings http://omegataupodcast.net/235-a-walk-in-the-woods-with-miami-rick-and-the-big-boeings/ http://omegataupodcast.net/235-a-walk-in-the-woods-with-miami-rick-and-the-big-boeings/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:41:30 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3027 Atlas Air where he flies various versions of the Boeing 747 freighter. Previously he flew the 767 and the 777 for LAN Chile, primarily cargo as well. Rick is also a crew member of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, where he is known as Miami Rick. In this episode, we stroll through the woods around Landstuhl, Germany, where I visited Rick while he was on a layover. We geek out about flying the Big Boeings.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/235-a-walk-in-the-woods-with-miami-rick-and-the-big-boeings/feed/ 2 1:53:49 Rick Ruiz is a pilot for Atlas Air where he flies various versions of the Boeing 747 freighter. Previously he flew the 767 and the 777 for LAN Chile, primarily cargo as well. Rick is also a crew member of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, where he is k[...] Rick Ruiz is a pilot for Atlas Air where he flies various versions of the Boeing 747 freighter. Previously he flew the 767 and the 777 for LAN Chile, primarily cargo as well. Rick is also a crew member of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, where he is known as Miami Rick. In this episode, we stroll through the woods around Landstuhl, Germany, where I visited Rick while he was on a layover. We geek out about flying the Big Boeings. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 233 – Bio-Inspired Systems at EPFL http://omegataupodcast.net/233-bio-inspired-systems-at-epfl/ http://omegataupodcast.net/233-bio-inspired-systems-at-epfl/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:24:20 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=3009 EPFL for a programming languages workshop when I saw a poster on bio inspired systems. Darja's name was on the poster because she coordinates the programme; I sent her an email and asked if she wanted to talk a bit with me about this field while I am at EPFL. Her calendar had some free time, and so we met. In the episode we discuss why it makes sense for system designers to look at biology and nature as an inspiration and then explore lots of examples that are currently being researched at EPFL.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/233-bio-inspired-systems-at-epfl/feed/ 1 1:19:41 Last fall I visited EPFL for a programming languages workshop when I saw a poster on bio inspired systems. Darja's name was on the poster because she coordinates the programme; I sent her an email and asked if she wanted to talk a bit with me about [...] Last fall I visited EPFL for a programming languages workshop when I saw a poster on bio inspired systems. Darja's name was on the poster because she coordinates the programme; I sent her an email and asked if she wanted to talk a bit with me about this field while I am at EPFL. Her calendar had some free time, and so we met. In the episode we discuss why it makes sense for system designers to look at biology and nature as an inspiration and then explore lots of examples that are currently being researched at EPFL. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 231 – The Future Circular Collider http://omegataupodcast.net/231-the-future-circular-colliders/ http://omegataupodcast.net/231-the-future-circular-colliders/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:04:33 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2987 LHC. The world's physics community is continuously running studies to explore science questions and evaluate the required accelerators; one of those the studies is the Future Circular Collider study led by CERN. In this episode we discuss the science questions as well as the core engineering challenges with the two leaders of the FCC study, Michael Benedikt and Frank Zimmermann. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/231-the-future-circular-colliders/feed/ 3 1:42:32 Particle accelerators are the backbone of today's particle physics research and help us understand the smallest building blocks our world is made of. To understand this deeper, more powerful accelerators are needed, beyond what is possible with toda[...] Particle accelerators are the backbone of today's particle physics research and help us understand the smallest building blocks our world is made of. To understand this deeper, more powerful accelerators are needed, beyond what is possible with today's LHC. The world's physics community is continuously running studies to explore science questions and evaluate the required accelerators; one of those the studies is the Future Circular Collider study led by CERN. In this episode we discuss the science questions as well as the core engineering challenges with the two leaders of the FCC study, Michael Benedikt and Frank Zimmermann. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 229 – (Ant-)Arctic Sea Ice http://omegataupodcast.net/229-ant-arctic-sea-ice/ http://omegataupodcast.net/229-ant-arctic-sea-ice/#comments Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:38:10 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2972 reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA's Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/229-ant-arctic-sea-ice/feed/ 3 2:12:17 The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth's climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new lo[...] The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth's climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA's Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 226 – Tidal Power http://omegataupodcast.net/226-tidal-power/ http://omegataupodcast.net/226-tidal-power/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:43:16 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2955 Various techniques exist. Tocardo is a provider of axial turbines, and our guest, Pieter de Haas, is their CTO. In this episode we talk about tidal power in general, siting, the design and engineering of Tocardo's turbines as well as the overall economic and technical trade-offs in making the turbines work over the long run.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/226-tidal-power/feed/ 5 1:35:39 Tidal power refers to extracting electrical energies out of the tide streams in oceans. Various techniques exist. Tocardo is a provider of axial turbines, and our guest, Pieter de Haas, is their CTO. In this episode we talk about tidal power in gene[...] Tidal power refers to extracting electrical energies out of the tide streams in oceans. Various techniques exist. Tocardo is a provider of axial turbines, and our guest, Pieter de Haas, is their CTO. In this episode we talk about tidal power in general, siting, the design and engineering of Tocardo's turbines as well as the overall economic and technical trade-offs in making the turbines work over the long run. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 224 – Flying the F-15 Eagle http://omegataupodcast.net/224-flying-the-f-15-eagle/ http://omegataupodcast.net/224-flying-the-f-15-eagle/#comments Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:06:38 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2799 F-15, F-16 and F-18. I want to thoroughly cover those airplanes on omega tau, and this episode on the F-15 is a great start. I talk with Jeff Fellmeth, a former F-15A/C/E pilot about the airplane, avionics, trainings, missions and the units he has been a part of. We also talk a little bit about related topics, such as the Bronco and gliders. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/224-flying-the-f-15-eagle/feed/ 14 2:20:23 When I was young, in the 80s, I was extremely interested in military airplanes, I more or less grew up with three iconic fighters: the F-15, F-16 and F-18. I want to thoroughly cover those airplanes on omega tau, and this episode on the F-15 is a gr[...] When I was young, in the 80s, I was extremely interested in military airplanes, I more or less grew up with three iconic fighters: the F-15, F-16 and F-18. I want to thoroughly cover those airplanes on omega tau, and this episode on the F-15 is a great start. I talk with Jeff Fellmeth, a former F-15A/C/E pilot about the airplane, avionics, trainings, missions and the units he has been a part of. We also talk a little bit about related topics, such as the Bronco and gliders. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 219 – Flying the V-22 Osprey http://omegataupodcast.net/219-flying-the-v-22-osprey/ http://omegataupodcast.net/219-flying-the-v-22-osprey/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:50:14 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2741 V-22 Osprey is the first operational tilt rotor aircraft. After not always problem-free development and test period, it is now used successfully with the USAF and the USMC. In this episode we talk to a V-22 pilot, Maj. Seth Cannon of the 7th SOS in RAF Mildenhall about the aircraft, some of its systems, and, primarily, about how it is flown. I met Seth Cannon in Bayreuth, where one of the 7th SOS had to land because of problems with a gearbox. Read the story here. This is also where I took the pictures below.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/219-flying-the-v-22-osprey/feed/ 12 1:05:54 The V-22 Osprey is the first operational tilt rotor aircraft. After not always problem-free development and test period, it is now used successfully with the USAF and the USMC. In this episode we talk to a V-22 pilot, Maj. Seth Cannon of the 7th SOS[...] The V-22 Osprey is the first operational tilt rotor aircraft. After not always problem-free development and test period, it is now used successfully with the USAF and the USMC. In this episode we talk to a V-22 pilot, Maj. Seth Cannon of the 7th SOS in RAF Mildenhall about the aircraft, some of its systems, and, primarily, about how it is flown. I met Seth Cannon in Bayreuth, where one of the 7th SOS had to land because of problems with a gearbox. Read the story here. This is also where I took the pictures below. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 218 – A Life in Apollo http://omegataupodcast.net/218-a-life-in-apollo/ http://omegataupodcast.net/218-a-life-in-apollo/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:33:42 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2738 http://omegataupodcast.net/218-a-life-in-apollo/feed/ 18 1:17:40 George Knudsen started working in 1958 on the Redstone missile, and moved on to working on the Atlas ICBM. Later he worked on the Saturn 5 launch vehicle, where he was responsible for the fuel tanks. He was on the launch team at Cape Canaveral for v[...] George Knudsen started working in 1958 on the Redstone missile, and moved on to working on the Atlas ICBM. Later he worked on the Saturn 5 launch vehicle, where he was responsible for the fuel tanks. He was on the launch team at Cape Canaveral for various Apollo missions. In this episode with talk with George about his work in this fascinating period of science and engineering history. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 216 – Airbus History http://omegataupodcast.net/216-airbus-history/ http://omegataupodcast.net/216-airbus-history/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:43:40 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2727 trip to Airbus in Toulouse and we take a trip down memory lane, covering some of Airbus' history. The first part of the episode is a recorded presentation (with some Q&A) with Alan Pardo, head of Marketing Communication at Airbus Toulouse. We cover the development of Airbus in general, and the Toulouse factory in particular. The second part is a walk through the Aeroscopia museum in Toulouse with David Bauser. Before his retirement he has worked for Airbus on the A-300 and the Concorde. We discuss those two airplanes, plus some general anecdotes from his time at Airbus. [The following string is used for claiming the feed at fyyd.de. Please ignore. mnX2r7grqd5bz8u9ntcrmb4a2ucy5bqlecrOxcsc]]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/216-airbus-history/feed/ 2 1:40:10 This is the second episode recorded at my trip to Airbus in Toulouse and we take a trip down memory lane, covering some of Airbus' history. The first part of the episode is a recorded presentation (with some Q&A) with Alan Pardo, head of Market[...] This is the second episode recorded at my trip to Airbus in Toulouse and we take a trip down memory lane, covering some of Airbus' history. The first part of the episode is a recorded presentation (with some Q&A) with Alan Pardo, head of Marketing Communication at Airbus Toulouse. We cover the development of Airbus in general, and the Toulouse factory in particular. The second part is a walk through the Aeroscopia museum in Toulouse with David Bauser. Before his retirement he has worked for Airbus on the A-300 and the Concorde. We discuss those two airplanes, plus some general anecdotes from his time at Airbus. [The following string is used for claiming the feed at fyyd.de. Please ignore. mnX2r7grqd5bz8u9ntcrmb4a2ucy5bqlecrOxcsc] podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 212 – The Tornado ADV http://omegataupodcast.net/212-the-tornado-adv/ http://omegataupodcast.net/212-the-tornado-adv/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2689 wrote a book about this airplane, and its (not always problem-free) introduction into service with the RAF. In this episode we talk about the airplane, about his flying, about some of the challenges during its development and introduction into service, and how they were overcome to make the F.3 a capable interceptor after all. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/212-the-tornado-adv/feed/ 7 1:50:16 During his career in the Royal Air Force, Dave Gledhill has been flying as a navigator in the Tornado ADV. After his career he wrote a book about this airplane, and its (not always problem-free) introduction into service with the RAF. In this episod[...] During his career in the Royal Air Force, Dave Gledhill has been flying as a navigator in the Tornado ADV. After his career he wrote a book about this airplane, and its (not always problem-free) introduction into service with the RAF. In this episode we talk about the airplane, about his flying, about some of the challenges during its development and introduction into service, and how they were overcome to make the F.3 a capable interceptor after all. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 211 – Farnborough 2016 http://omegataupodcast.net/211-farnborough-2016/ http://omegataupodcast.net/211-farnborough-2016/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:31:20 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2682 Farnborough International Airshow 2016. The episode contains 13 short interviews, as listed below. I had an absolute blast in Farnborough, especially because I met the APG crew and participated in the epic live recording of APG 229. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/211-farnborough-2016/feed/ 10 2:52:36 This is my report from Farnborough International Airshow 2016. The episode contains 13 short interviews, as listed below. I had an absolute blast in Farnborough, especially because I met the APG crew and participated in the epic live recording of AP[...] This is my report from Farnborough International Airshow 2016. The episode contains 13 short interviews, as listed below. I had an absolute blast in Farnborough, especially because I met the APG crew and participated in the epic live recording of APG 229. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 210 – A350 Flight Testing http://omegataupodcast.net/210-a350-flight-testing/ http://omegataupodcast.net/210-a350-flight-testing/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:34:05 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2670 trip to Airbus Toulouse: we cover flight testing of the A350. We have two guests. First, we speak with Peter Chandler, a test pilot at Airbus, about envelope expansion, the relationship between simulation and the real airplane, and test flying in general. Our second guest is Pascal Verneau, a test flight engineer. We discuss his role in flight testing, as well as some special equipment installed in (some of) the testing aircraft.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/210-a350-flight-testing/feed/ 4 2:04:47 This is the first of several episodes from my trip to Airbus Toulouse: we cover flight testing of the A350. We have two guests. First, we speak with Peter Chandler, a test pilot at Airbus, about envelope expansion, the relationship between simulatio[...] This is the first of several episodes from my trip to Airbus Toulouse: we cover flight testing of the A350. We have two guests. First, we speak with Peter Chandler, a test pilot at Airbus, about envelope expansion, the relationship between simulation and the real airplane, and test flying in general. Our second guest is Pascal Verneau, a test flight engineer. We discuss his role in flight testing, as well as some special equipment installed in (some of) the testing aircraft. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 209 – Satellite Development at OHB http://omegataupodcast.net/209-satellite-development-at-ohb/ http://omegataupodcast.net/209-satellite-development-at-ohb/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:06:43 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2661 OHB System AG in Bremen develops satellites -- mostly based on the Galileo navigation satellites. We speak with Christian Pauly about systems engineering, with Mathias Tausche about manufacturing and integration, with Andreas Wortmann about the software on the satellites, and with Ingo Engeln about the company as a whole. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/209-satellite-development-at-ohb/feed/ 9 2:42:31 In this episode we get a peek into how OHB System AG in Bremen develops satellites -- mostly based on the Galileo navigation satellites. We speak with Christian Pauly about systems engineering, with Mathias Tausche about manufacturing and integratio[...] In this episode we get a peek into how OHB System AG in Bremen develops satellites -- mostly based on the Galileo navigation satellites. We speak with Christian Pauly about systems engineering, with Mathias Tausche about manufacturing and integration, with Andreas Wortmann about the software on the satellites, and with Ingo Engeln about the company as a whole. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 204 – Earth Observation at Planet Labs http://omegataupodcast.net/204-earth-observation-at-planet-labs/ http://omegataupodcast.net/204-earth-observation-at-planet-labs/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 18:41:14 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2553 Planet Labs is building small, inexpensive satellites, mostly from consumer-style components, for large-scale, continuous earth observation purposes. As a silicon valley startup, they pride themselves in doing things differently than then "big aerospace companies". In this episode, I am talking with Ignacio Zuleta and Creon Levit about small satellites, satellite constellations, phones, optics and earth observation. ]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/204-earth-observation-at-planet-labs/feed/ 0 1:22:41 Planet Labs is building small, inexpensive satellites, mostly from consumer-style components, for large-scale, continuous earth observation purposes. As a silicon valley startup, they pride themselves in doing things differently than then "big aeros[...] Planet Labs is building small, inexpensive satellites, mostly from consumer-style components, for large-scale, continuous earth observation purposes. As a silicon valley startup, they pride themselves in doing things differently than then "big aerospace companies". In this episode, I am talking with Ignacio Zuleta and Creon Levit about small satellites, satellite constellations, phones, optics and earth observation. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 202 – Aviation Incident Reporting at CHIRP http://omegataupodcast.net/202-aviation-incident-reporting-at-chirp/ http://omegataupodcast.net/202-aviation-incident-reporting-at-chirp/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:15:06 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2535 CHIRP is the organisation that handles this task in the UK. In this episode we talk to Ian Dugmore, the Chief Executive of CHIRP about the general idea, and about a few (typical) incidents reported to CHIRP.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/202-aviation-incident-reporting-at-chirp/feed/ 2 1:48:30 As we have mentioned before on omega tau, aviation prides itself on a pervasive safety-culture that leads to a low accident rate. An important building block of this culture are incident reporting systems, where members of the community can confiden[...] As we have mentioned before on omega tau, aviation prides itself on a pervasive safety-culture that leads to a low accident rate. An important building block of this culture are incident reporting systems, where members of the community can confidentially report issues, risks or incidents, which are then followed up on, with the goal to resolve them. CHIRP is the organisation that handles this task in the UK. In this episode we talk to Ian Dugmore, the Chief Executive of CHIRP about the general idea, and about a few (typical) incidents reported to CHIRP. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no 200 – Port Towage and Tugs http://omegataupodcast.net/200-port-towage-and-tugs/ http://omegataupodcast.net/200-port-towage-and-tugs/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:24:51 +0000 http://omegataupodcast.net/?p=2516 Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towage. Markus then joins Arno, Jan and Andrey on their tug Thetis for a day of towing in the port of Amsterdam. In the last conversation, Markus speaks with Baldo Dielen about the design of modern tugs, using the EDDY tug as a representative example.]]> http://omegataupodcast.net/200-port-towage-and-tugs/feed/ 14 2:27:38 In this 200th episode of omega tau we cover a topic that has been on our list for a long time: harbour tugs. We start out with a conversation with Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towa[...] In this 200th episode of omega tau we cover a topic that has been on our list for a long time: harbour tugs. We start out with a conversation with Lex van der Schaaf, the COO of Port Towage Amsterdam, who gives us a general introduction to port towage. Markus then joins Arno, Jan and Andrey on their tug Thetis for a day of towing in the port of Amsterdam. In the last conversation, Markus speaks with Baldo Dielen about the design of modern tugs, using the EDDY tug as a representative example. podcast info@omegataupodcast.net no no