By

242 – Satellite Testing at ESTEC

Rate Episode
(average: 4.71)
Loading ... Loading ...

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.

Audio, Details & Links ...

By

241 – Electric Propulsion of Spacecraft

Rate Episode
(average: 4.71)
Loading ... Loading ...

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.

Audio, Details & Links ...

By

092 – Building and Living on the ISS

Rate Episode
(average: 4.62)
Loading ... Loading ...

This episode is a conversation with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli about the construction of and life on the ISS. As part of the STS-120 shuttle mission, Paolo was involved in installing the Harmony Module onto ISS. Later he served as a flight engineer on board ISS, as part of Expeditions 26 and 27. In the episode we talk about his two missions and compare the experiences on the Shuttle, the ISS and the Soyuz.

Audio, Details & Links ...

By

082 – Raketentriebwerke

Rate Episode
(average: 4.66)
Loading ... Loading ...

In dieser Episode geht’s um Raketentriebwerke. Dazu habe ich am 8. November das DLR in Lampoldshausen besucht, wo u.a. die Triebwerke der Ariane erprobt werden und habe mich mit Klaus Schäfer unterhalten. Themen sind u.a. die Funktionsprinzipien von Flüssig-, Feststoff- und Hybridantrieben sowie deren Einsatz in modernen Raketen. Abschließend haben wir uns über den DLR Standort in Lampoldshausen und die dort stattfindende Erprobung der Triebwerke unterhalten.

Audio, Details & Links ...