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236 – Space Flight Software

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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.

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235 – A Walk in the Woods with Miami Rick and the Big Boeings

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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.

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234 – Flugsicherung bei der DFS in München

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Im Rahmen einer München-Reise im Herbst habe ich die Deutsche Flugsicherung in München besucht und habe mich mit den beiden Lotsen Lars Albrecht und Mathias Andlinger unterhalten. Wir starten mit einer allgemeinen Einführung in Lufträume, Verfahren und die diversen Bodenfunkstellen. Dann besichtige ich mit Lars das Center in München und mit Mathias den Tower; dort unterhalten wir uns jeweils nochmal über die Spezifika der beiden Aufgabengebiete.

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233 – Bio-Inspired Systems at EPFL

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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.

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232 – Fernsehproduktion beim Bayerischen Rundfunk

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Im Herbst war ich in den Fernsehstudios des Bayerischen Rundfunks um zu verstehen, wie Fernsehen gemacht wird. Dazu habe ich mich mit einer Reihe von Gästen unterhalten, die die verschiedenen Aspekte einer Fernsehproduktion – aus technischer Sicht – repräsentieren: Kamera und Bild, Licht, Ton, sowie Ausspielung und Verbreitung.

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