The F-14 Tomcat is one of the most iconic fighters, certainly among its generation. In this episode we talk with Nick Pirnia about the aircraft’s development and history as well as about flying it with former pilot Okie Nance. The aircraft is also available in the DCS flight simulator and the third part of this episode is a conversation with the development team from Heatblur about how to implement the F-14 in DCS; if you haven’t yet, check out some of their videos, this thing looks unbelievably realistic!
An important consequence of the warming of the planet due to climate change is that the frequency and/or severity of extreme weather events will increase. But how can we tell whether a particular event can be attributed to the changing climate? Would it have happened in “normal” climate as well, and if so, how would the event have been different? This aspect of climate science is called attribution science, and the guest of this episode, Friederike Otto is a pioneer in the field.
Als italienische ESA Astronautin war Samantha Cristoforetti von November 2014 bis Juni 2015 für 200 Tage auf der Internationalen Raumstation. In ihrem neuen Buch erzählt Samantha über ihre Ausbildung zur Astronautin und schildert einige Ihrer Eindrücke auf der Mission. Einen kleinen Teil davon erzählt sie uns in dieser Episode.
When I was in Bordeaux with the DLR to report about their science campaign in September, I also talked to the team from AirZeroG/Novespace about the technical and aviation aspects of parabolic flights. These interviews are in this episode. I chat with Jean-François Clervoy about the history of the company, with Eric Delesalle about piloting the parabolas, with Hervé Normand about the reasons for the potential sickness, and with Nicolas Barbotin about cabin safety. At the end of the episode I also provide some details about the technical problem that prevented parabolas during my own flight with the A-310 ZeroG.
Im September habe ich das DLR (und ungefähr 100 Wissenschaftler) bei der 34. Parabelflug-Kampagne bei Novespace/AirZeroG in Bordeaux begleitet. In dieser Episode unterhalte ich mich mit der DLR-Programmleiterin Katrin Stang, dem Astronauten Matthias Maurer, sowie sechs Wissenschaftler(teams) aus den Gebieten Biologie & Medizin, Physik, Materialwissenschaften und Enginering/Robotik. In der nächsten Episode besprechen wir die fliegerischen Aspekte der Parabelfliegerei.