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322 – Der NH-90



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Der NH-90 ist ein mittelschwerer Transporthubschrauber der von verschiedenen europäischen Ländern eingesetzt wird, darunter auch Deutschland mit Heer und Marine. Im Mai war ich zu Besuch beim Transporthubschrauberregiment 30 in Niederstetten und habe mich dort mit dem Piloten Tom unterhalten. Wir sprechen über den Hubschrauber und insbesondere sein Fly-by-Wire Flugsteuerungssystem, die Sensorik sowie Einsatzszenarien.

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321 – Societal Change and the Climate

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I am interested in societal change: how can a complex society with lots of emergent (perhaps unintended) behaviors make a conscious change, such as transitioning to a more sustainable economy? We discussed this from an engineering perspective in the episode on Modeling Socio-Technical Systems, and we’ve looked at it historically in the episode on Societal Complexity and Collapse. In this episode we look at the topic more from the perspective of civil society and politics. Our guest ist Maja Göpel; she heads the German government’s Advisory Council on Global Change and has also written a book called The Great Mindshift on the topic.

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320 – The Event Horizon Telescope



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A few months ago, a collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope presented the first direct image of a black hole; or more specifically, of the radiation created by accelerated particles at its event horizon. The EHT is a Very Large Baseline Interferometer, in which radio telescopes all over the world are computationally connected to obtain resolutions that are not possible with one telescope. In the episode I chat with Heino Falcke, the chair of the EHT science committee, about the science, the telescope, what it took to get it going, and image reconstruction.

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319 – Daimlers Fahrsimulatoren



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Im Mai war ich im Daimler-Werk Sindelfingen und habe mir dort die Fahrsimulatoren angeschaut. Mit meinem Gast Friedrich Hoffmeyer, der die Simulatoren über die letzten Jahrzehnte maßgeblich mitentwickelt hat, habe ich mich unterhalten über deren Einsatzzwecke, die Visualisierung und — am ausführlichsten — über die Herausforderungen der Bewegungssimulation.

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318 – (My Flight with) The USAF Thunderbirds



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In June 2019 I had the pleasure and honor to fly in an F-16D with the USAF Thunderbirds. The episode covers the medical briefing about how to prevent motion sickness and how to deal with Gs, suiting up with flight suit, g-suit, harness, helmet and mask, the briefing with my pilot Maj. Jason Markzon, the flight itself with commentary, an interview about the Thunderbirds with Jason, as well as a reflection on what the flight meant to me, recorded together with Nora.

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