17 episodes

Welcome to the “Aerospace Ambition Podcast,” where we explore the evolving world of sustainable aviation, climate and AI. Our goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire new generations of aerospace engineers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts to take an active role in sustainable aerial transport. By inviting leading scientists, representatives from NGOs and influential figures from industry and regulatory bodies, we aim to inform about recent scientific and technological breakthroughs.

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Welcome to the “Aerospace Ambition Podcast,” where we explore the evolving world of sustainable aviation, climate and AI. Our goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire new generations of aerospace engineers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts to take an active role in sustainable aerial transport. By inviting leading scientists, representatives from NGOs and influential figures from industry and regulatory bodies, we aim to inform about recent scientific and technological breakthroughs.

https://www.linkedin.com/company/aambition
https://www.youtube.com/@aambition

    #16 Commercial Contrail Management (feat. Dr Adam Durant, SATAVIA)

    #16 Commercial Contrail Management (feat. Dr Adam Durant, SATAVIA)

    Episode 16 of the “Aerospace Ambition Podcast” featuring Dr Adam Durant from SATAVIA is out!
    Talking Points
    • Why did Adam switch from an academic to an entrepreneurial career?
    • What makes SATAVIA a startup, and why is a for-profit setup the best way to success?
    • How does SATAVIA perform contrail avoidance, and how does it integrate with existing flight planning?
    • How can airlines get locked in to do contrail management beyond one-off marketing events?
    • What makes Adam confident that his carbon credit scheme will find widespread adoption?
    • How much better is SATAVIA’s weather model than what is publicly available?
    • What are the results from trials with 12 airline operators & is uncertainty really a problem?
    • How will AI transform the weather prediction pipeline in the future?
    Guest
    Dr Adam Durant is a distinguished figure at the nexus of environmental science and the aviation industry. With a foundational career in volcanic ash research, his work gained prominence following the Icelandic eruptions in 2010, which significantly impacted European aviation. This experience led to crucial collaborations with Airbus and EasyJet, flight-testing volcanic ash detection technology. In 2013, leveraging his expertise and entrepreneurial vision, Adam founded SATAVIA, a Cambridge-based company focused on providing decision intelligence for aviation. It was founded to transform the relationship between aviation and the atmospheric environment. Prior to SATAVIA, he held positions at the University of Cambridge and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, contributing significantly to the field of atmospheric science and aviation safety.
    Resources
    SATAVIA: https://satavia.com/
    Study with KPMG: https://kpmg.com/ie/en/home/insights/2024/01/contrails-aviation-2030.html
    Linkedin Profiles
    Adam: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamjdurant/
    Marius: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariuswedemeyer/
    AAMBITION Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n

    • 44 min
    #15 Monitoring and Reducing Non-CO2 Effects (feat. Nicolas Meijers, Estuaire)

    #15 Monitoring and Reducing Non-CO2 Effects (feat. Nicolas Meijers, Estuaire)

    Episode 15 of the “Aerospace Ambition Podcast” featuring Nicolas Meijers from Estuaire is out!
    Talking Points
    • What made Nicolas found Estuaire?
    • Which problem does Estuaire solve, and why does it need a startup?
    • What is the value product of Estuaire, and who is competition?
    • How should we compare CO2- and Non-CO2 effects?
    • How should the avoidance of non-CO2 effects be regulated?
    • Why is now the right time to act against non-CO2 effects?
    • What did the recent study with KPMG reveal?
    Guest
    Nicolas Meijers, an eager enthusiast of aviation, embarked on his journey in the world of aviation in Toulouse, obtaining his private pilot license. His educational path led him to MIT, where he achieved a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, specializing in air traffic operations and data analytics for the FAA. His career path has featured positions at a leading airport corporation and an AI startup, experiences that culminated in founding his own startup, Estuaire, together with his brother, Maxime.
    Resources
    Estuaire: https://estuaire.dev/
    Study with KPGM: https://kpmg.com/ie/en/home/insights/2024/01/contrails-aviation-2030.html
    Linkedin Profiles
    Nicolas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolas-meijers
    Marius: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariuswedemeyer/
    AAMBITION Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n

    • 38 min
    #14 Aviation Contrails Moonshot Projects (feat. Dr Peter De Bock, ARPA-E)

    #14 Aviation Contrails Moonshot Projects (feat. Dr Peter De Bock, ARPA-E)

    Episode 14 of the "Aerospace Ambition Podcast" featuring Dr Peter De Bock from the ARPA-E is out!
    Talking Points
    • How did Peter learn to tackle moonshots projects?
    • What is the ARPA model, and how is it similar to a hackathon?
    • Why is PRE-TRAILS a moonshot program?
    • What motivated Peter to pitch the PRE-TRAILS program to his leadership?
    • What are the technical and economic hypotheses?
    • How does PRE-TRAILS combine better sensors, observation mechanism and advanced models for better contrail prediction?
    Guest
    Dr. Peter de Bock is a distinguished expert in electronics thermal management and aviation propulsion systems, currently directing programs at the ARPA-E. With a rich background that includes 18 years at GE Research as a Principal Engineer and numerous leadership roles in power and thermal management, Peter has been at the forefront of advancing electrification in aviation. He's an innovator with around 40 patents, chairs the K-16 committee on Heat Transfer in Electronics of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and boasts an impressive academic journey from the Netherlands to the University of Cincinnati.
    Resources
    ARPA-E PRE-TRAILS Projects: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/technologies/exploratory-topics/aviation-contrails
    ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: https://www.arpae-summit.com/ 
    AAMBITION Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n

    • 39 min
    #13 Regulating Aviation Non-CO2 Effects (feat. Kay Köhler, German Environment Agency)

    #13 Regulating Aviation Non-CO2 Effects (feat. Kay Köhler, German Environment Agency)

    Episode 13 of the "Aerospace Ambition Podcast" featuring Kay Köhler from the Umweltbundesamt is out!
    Talking Points
    • What is the role of Umweltbundesamt - German Environment Agency?
    • How do you get from scientific discoveries to regulation?
    • Why did the first try to regulate contrails 15 years ago fail?
    • When will there be a prize tag on contrails?
    • What is CORSIA, what is the EU ETS?
    • Where do CORSIA and the EU ETS work together?
    • Where are loopholes for airlines in these systems?
    • How is uncertainty around CO2 equivalencies factored into allowances?
    Guest
    Kay Köhler serves as a Senior Technical Officer in the Aviation Unit at the German Environment Agency (UBA). Holding both a Master in Public Administration and a Master in Aerospace Engineering, Kay previously oversaw emission protection, including noise and air pollution control for stationary installations, at the City of Berlin for approximately ten years. Since 2013, he has been employed at the UBA, concentrating on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and the non-CO2 impacts of aviation. Additionally, he participates in several European working groups related to aviation.
    AAMBITION Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n
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    Heartfelt shoutout to Kieran: Keep pushing on this ‘long final’ of handing in your PhD thesis!

    • 40 min
    #12 Chase Plane Contrail Experiments (feat. Dr Richard Moore, NASA)

    #12 Chase Plane Contrail Experiments (feat. Dr Richard Moore, NASA)

    Episode 12 of the "Aerospace Ambition Podcast," featuring Dr. Richard Moore, is now here!
    Talking Points
    • How does NASA make aviation more sustainable?
    • Why makes Chase Experiments so complex?
    • How does NASA collaborate with the DLR?
    • How do sustainable aviation fuels influence contrail formation?
    • What is the influence of newer engine technologies?
    • How does NASA decide which kind of SAF to investigate?
    Guest
    We're thrilled to have Dr. Richard Moore of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration join our program. Richard, a Research Physical Scientist, has been with NASA’s Langley Research Center's Science Directorate since 2014, where he contributes significantly to the NASA Langley Aerosol Research Group and the NASA Langley Lidar Applications Group. His focus is on studying atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on air quality, clouds, and climate. Using instrumented aircraft like the NASA DC-8, P-3B, and C-130, Richard directly observes aerosols and trace gases in the atmosphere, aiming to enhance our understanding of atmospheric components via NASA’s spaceborne remote sensors. 
    Resources
    • Very short video: https://youtu.be/ZMWXlUi68ng
    • Very short video: https://youtu.be/vuZhkaJzSHE
    • Short Video: https://youtu.be/CMU0b6CmGw0
    • 2021, Voigt et al. "Cleaner burning aviation fuels can reduce contrail cloudiness": https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-021-00174-y
    LinkedIn Profiles
    • Richard: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardhmoore/
    • Marius: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariuswedemeyer/
    • Kieran: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kieran-t-7b9952102/
    AAMBITION Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #11 Aviation Emissions and Contrail Cirrus (feat. Dr Roger Teoh, Imperial College London)

    #11 Aviation Emissions and Contrail Cirrus (feat. Dr Roger Teoh, Imperial College London)

    Episode 11 of the "Aerospace Ambition Podcast" has arrived, starring Dr Roger Teoh! Prepare for a captivating discussion!
    Talking Points
    • What was the unfinished business which made Roger come back to research?
    • What does he find so frustrating about uncertainties?
    • What are the top 4 factors influencing contrail climate forcing?
    • Are people aware of the actual effects of SAFs on contrail formation?
    • How is the contrail forecasting tool he & breakthrough are working on better than the existing CoCiP?
    • Should we do contrail avoidance? Should we fly less?
    Guest
    Dr Roger Teoh is a visiting scholar from Imperial College London. Having earned his PhD in Aviation and the Environment from the same institution in 2020, Roger's research now focuses on the intersection of aviation and climate change. He is dedicated to assessing and reducing the climate effects of aviation emissions and contrail cirrus. It's a pleasure to have you with us today, Roger!
    Resources
    • 2023, Teoh et al. "A high-resolution Global Aviation emissions Inventory based on ADS-B (GAIA) for 2019–2021": https://egusphere.copernicus.org/preprints/2023/egusphere-2023-724/
    LinkedIn Profiles
    • Roger: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhsteoh/
    • Marius: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariuswedemeyer/
    • Kieran: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kieran-t-7b9952102/
    • AAMBITION Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/55033eb444bd/aambition-n

    • 56 min

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