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330 – Parabolic Flights at AirZeroG



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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.

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329 – Forschung in Schwerelosigkeit – DLR Parabelflüge



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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.

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328 – Flying the P-3 Orion (and some other aircraft)



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Marija Jovanovich is a pilot for the Royal Australian Air Force where she has been flying the P-3 Orion. We discuss the aircraft, the missions, and some anecdotes. Marija then also attended the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School, and we talk a bit about the experience of flying a wide range of different aircraft.

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327 – Das Radioteleskop Effelsberg



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Im August war ich in der Eifel und habe dort das 100m-Radioteleskop in Effelsberg besucht. Mit meinem Gast(geber) Norbert Junkes spreche ich über Konstruktion, Funktionsweise und Einbindung in VLBI-Interferometer.

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326 – Weather Forecasting at the ECMWF



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Earlier this year I visited the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, a European organization that produces global weather forecasts and performs research on how to improve those. The episode has three parts. First, Hilda Carr gives us an overview of the organization, its purpose and its history. Then I talk with Peter Bauer about weather and climate modeling and about encoding these models efficiently in software programs that run on supercomputers. Part three is a conversation with Tony McNally about where the ECMWF gets its data and how it is continuously fed into the “running” model.

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