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.

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