Catching up on the news

September 20: University of Michigan aerospace professor Pierre T. Kabamba passed away. Professor Kabamba was the graduate advisor of this blogger. He was a nice person, a fine teacher and a brilliant applied mathematician.

September 23: United States and allies undertook airstrikes against ISIS terrorists in Syria, including 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles fired from USS Arleigh Burke and USS Philippine Sea and the first combat use of the F-22A Raptor.

September 24: The Indian Space Research Organization successfully placed its Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) in orbit around Mars.

September 25: The Airbus A320neo had its first flight, departing from Toulouse, France. The crew of F-WNEO was Airbus test pilots Philippe Pellerin and Etienne Miche de Malleray, and flight test engineers Test-Flight Engineer Jean-Paul Lambert, Manfred Birnfeld and Sandra Bour-Schaeffer. The aircraft was powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.

September 26: The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft carrying the ISS Expedition 41 crew (Alexander Samokutyaev, Elena Serova and Barry Wilmore ) launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

September 26: A bizarre arson and suicide by a technician shut down operations at Chicago ARTCC, causing widespread disruptions in air travel in the United States.

September 27: On this day in 1956, Captain Mel Apt, a test pilot assigned to the Air Force Flight Test Center, became the first person to exceed Mach 3 but was killed shortly thereafter when the X-2 aircraft departed controlled flight.


Dragon CRS-4 resupply ship docks with ISS

This morning, the Dragon CRS-4 supply ship rendezvoused with ISS, was grappled and then docked.


Commercial crew transport spacecraft selected by NASA

On September 16, 2014, NASA selected the Boeing CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon to be its future commercial crew transport spacecraft.

Dragon spacecraft Image credit: SpaceX

MAVEN achieves Mars orbit insertion

Mankind’s greatest adventure continues: the MAVEN spacecraft has achieved Mars orbital insertion.

MIT develops innovative spacesuit technology

Future astronauts may wear skin-tight spacesuits rather than the bulky pressurized spacesuits of today, if technology under development at MIT.

Stunning high-resolution video taken from the ISS

SpaceX launches Dragon on CRS-4 resupply mission to ISS

Lifting off at 1:52:03 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 21, from Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft departed earth on the CRS-4 mission to resupply the Internation Space Station.

Refueling a CV-22B from a C-130

h/t to Air Refueling Archive

Pitch and power

A long-running debate within the pilot community has to do with the roles of pitch and power for aircraft control. In reality, there is no one-to-one relationship between these two control inputs and longitudinal/vertical outputs, as this Avweb article makes clear.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: video retrospective

AirVenture this year was outstanding, as always.