The sailors of 2020

by Claudia Acquistapace (see original Italian version below) How do you imagine them, the sailors in 2020? I didn’t want to believe the classic stereotype, of blackened men, big as wardrobes, strong, and full of tattoos. But instead. On board this ship, the crew I’ve met are almost all twice as tall as me, very […]

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

Yesterday we changed the setup of the W Band radar to better look at the clouds I (Claudia Acquistapace) am interested in puffy clouds, like in cartoons. It is unbelievable that these small puffy clouds really matter for the climate of the entire planet. But that’s what we found, and that’s why we are here. […]

The Max Planck Cloudkite first flight

Eberhard Bodenschatz January 19, we made a test flight of Tiny 1 (T1, the 250 m3 Helikite) and the spherical 180 m3 floatation balloon “Augsburg”. Things went “okay”. The 7m tethered spherical balloon did not fly as expected. As we needed to fill it only to 70% of full (due to expansion at 2km) the sphere […]

Challenging, these first three days….

What happened? What did I learnt? First of all, now, finally, I can say I know what sea sickness is.  And I also learnt that you can get out of it.  Well, ok, I still need some breaks while writing, in which I just lay down and look at the ceiling. Those are the moments […]