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The Ninth Transcript: Wolfgang Zimmer

[The subject has moved to towards the back right of the hall. He interviews another inventor.]

[General hubbub is heard, as well as an unidentified whistling sound.]

HJ: ''Right, I just had to take a quick restroom break, but I'm back now and raring to go! Just as I was heading to the restroom, I noticed a stall for Jupiter Global. They make products for electrical car companies and aeroplanes. So I'm going to try and see if we can go and talk to them about what that they have come up with. Let's go!''

[The camera follows the subject walking towards the back right hand corner of the hall. The subject approaches a man, 6'4 in height, weighing 198 lbs, with light blue eyes and light brown hair, wearing a black suit with a white shirt and red tie and black shoes.]

''Hi, can I ask if you would like to do an interview for me?''

[Man replies in a soft German accent ''Yes that is OK.'']

''Good. I'm Harrison Jepp by the way, from the technology magazine Technos. It would be nice if you could tell us about yourself and what you do.''

Interviewee - Wolfgang Zimmer: [Clears his throat] ''Yes, of course. I am Wolfgang Zimmer, I am 40 years old, I am from Leipzig in Germany, I am a aeronautical engineer working for Jupiter Global, and I have worked in this profession for 18 years.''

HJ: ''You're 40?! You don't look it! You look very well for your age. And 18 years? Wow, that's really good.''

WZ: ''Thank you. Actually, I've been at Jupiter Global for 11 years; I spent 7 years at another company.''

HJ: ''Alright. Did you go to university or college for your studies?''

WZ: ''Yes, I did. I have a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering, which I got in Berlin.''

HJ: ''Awesome. Now, is it your first time here representing Jupiter Global?''

WZ: ''No, I have been here before, when we used to host this event.''

HJ: ''Oh, yes, that's right. [To the camera] Jupiter Global used to be the sponsor and headliner for this event [Zimmer is caught in the corner of the camera rolling his eyes] for 8 years before Smartech Industries took the helm. [Back to Zimmer] So, without further ado, what has your company made for us for today?''

WZ: ''Well, we at Jupiter Global create parts and systems for the operation and function of planes and helicoptors, but today, we are proud to unveil a new design for a rocket, which would be able to go further into space.''

HJ: [Letting out a slight gasp] ''Really?! That's exciting news! [To the camera, smiling] Isn't that exciting? [Back to Zimmer] What makes this rocket different to ones developed by NASA?''

WZ: ''Well, as you know, rockets need chemicals for fuel so that it can launch. However, we have seen that there has been accidents where loss of life has occurred due to mechanical faults, and since these faults cannot be fixed, chemicals within rockets combine to make explosions. From the first rocket ships which landed on the moon back in the late 60's and early 70's, liquid chemicals have been used and has always been seen as the best way to get a rocket out into space. But we have found a way of doing the same thing, in a safer way. We just used pure electrical components, without the need of chemical fuels.''

HJ: [Pauses for a moment] '''re telling me that you guys have found a way to send rockets safely out into space?''

WZ: ''Yes, we have.''

[The subject applauds Zimmer.]

HJ: ''Well done. [Puts his hand out to prompt Zimmer to shake] Well done. [Zimmer shakes his hand] That's amazing! So, if it's all down to electrical technology, wouldn't there be the issue of electrical faults as well?''

WZ: ''Yes, we thought of that, and so when these rockets are launched, it will be in direct contact with satellites which will monitor the rockets, ensuring everything is fully functioning. The satellite will be like the rocket's caretaker.''

HJ: ''Great stuff. When were you hoping for these rockets to enter commercial space programming?''

WZ: ''NASA said they are willing to test out the rockets, and if it is safe to use, we may have manned flight by 2024.''

HJ: ''2024? That's not too far away, you know. And it won't just be to the moon, right?''

WZ: ''No. We hope to go further, eventually to Mars, and when we adapt our suits, possibly even Venus.''

HJ: ''You have great expectations with this rocket. I like that. [The camera picks up flickers of light above Zimmer] Obviously, we can't see a demonstration of this rocket, but do you have a model of what it looks like?''

WZ: ''Yes we do. [He turns around and picks up a small rocket model from a table behind him] Here it is.''

HJ: [Taking it from Zimmer] ''Nice! Not just a toy for kids! [Laughs] So the inside is all electrical, no chemicals included?''

WZ: ''Yes, that's right. [Taking the model back and opening up a part of the bottom to reveal the inside] All parts have absolutely no chemicals. No fuels. All electrical.''

HJ: ''That is innovation at its best. [Lights flicker briefly again] Well, Mr Zimmer, it was nice meeting you and speaking with you about rocket science.''

WZ: [Slightly chuckles] ''Thank you. Thank you for the interview.''

[They shake hands.]

HJ: ''I'll see you around, or if not, in the future!''

WZ: ''That would be good. Bye bye.''

[The subject departs from Zimmer.]

HJ: ''Mr Wolfgang Zimmer there, with the revolution of rocket design. No longer will we need chemicals to take man up to space, but pure electricity and the components it manipulates. What a great prospect! 2024 will be upon us faster than we think. Jupiter Global may need to be called Mars Global in future. This day is an exciting day! Who shall we see next?''


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