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198 – Ship Salvage

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When ships have an engine casualty, run aground or have a fire on board they need to be salvaged or their wreck removed. Specialised companies, like Ardent, focus on salvaging ships or removing wrecks. These tasks are sometimes challenging from an engineering perspective, and always interesting from the business side. In this episode we talk with Ardent‘s Bram Sperling, a senior salvage master, about both these aspects of salvage and wreck removal operations.

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197 – The European XFEL

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The European XFEL is an x-ray free electron laser currently being built in Hamburg. In this episode we talk with Joachim Schulz about the project itself, the design and construction of the laser and the experiment hall, as well as about some of the science that is expected to be done with XFEL once it is finished.

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196 – Lasers

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In this episode we cover the fundamentals of lasers with our guest, Fabian Reichert, who works at the Center for Free Electron Lasers at DESY in Hamburg. We cover various ways of how laser beams are produced and what distinguishes lasers from other light sources. We also cover a few application areas of lasers as well as techniques for pulsing lasers.

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195 – Flying the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

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The tail numbers NASA 911 and NASA 905 were used for the two Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, converted Boeing 747s that carried the shuttle between the landing sites and the launch complex at Kennedy Space Center. Our guest in this episode is Ace Beall who flew the SCAs for several years. We talk about operations, modifications on the airplane, the flight characteristics with and without the shuttle as well as some anecdotes from Ace’s time on the SCA.

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194 – Krisenmanagement

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In dieser Episode spreche ich mit Matthias Noch über Krisenmanagement, vor allem (aber nicht nur) in der IT Industrie. Wir definieren Begriffe wie Störung, Großstörung und Krise, besprechen Vorgehen zur Lösung und erläutern, welche Aufgaben und Rechte ein Krisenteam (oder -stab) hat. Wir schließen mit einem kurzen Blick auf die Qualifikationen, die ein Krisenmanager haben sollte.

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