Frank Morring, Jr.

Frank Morring, Jr.
Senior Editor, Space,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Frank is a Senior Editor and has been a journalist for 40 years, specializing in aerospace for over 20 years. Frank joined Aviation Week in 1989 as a defense/space reporter and senior space technology editor. In 2007 he was named deputy managing editor/space, responsible for coordinating space coverage across all bureaus and publications. 
Frank began his career working for his hometown daily in Huntsville, Alabama, and moved to Washington in 1979 as correspondent for the Birmingham Post-Herald. He later covered the Cold War Pentagon for Scripps-Howard News Service. 
Frank received a degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. He has Goddard and Von Braun media awards from the National Space Club, and a Neal Award.

NASA 3-D Prints Copper Rocket-Engine Liner 
Engineers at NASA Marshall have used a selective laser-melting machine to craft a copper liner with more than 200 channels in the walls for regenerative cooling with cryogenic propellant.
X-37B Lifts Off On An Atlas V For Its Fourth Flight 
The mission appeared nominal through first-stage separation and ignition of the Centaur upper stage’s RL-10 engine, but live coverage of the launch terminated at that point as the mission withdrew behind the veil of secrecy that has cloaked X-37B operations in the past.
U.S.-German ISS Partnership Marketing Hyperspectral Data 
A longtime space-engineering company is about to take the plunge into commercial space with a commercial hyperspectral imager for the International Space Station.
NASA Trying To Avoid Human-Rating Temporary Upper Stage  16
The U.S. space agency faces a $150 million bill to human-rate an upper stage for one flight.
NASA SLS Welding Snafu Sets Back Schedule  9
An alignment problem with the massive friction-stir-welding tool built to manufacture NASA’s SLS tanks is causing some consternation, but overall the design appears sound.
Orion Heat Shield Getting Detailed Post-flight Analysis 
NASA engineers have pared down the ablative Avcoat material that protected the unmanned EFT-1 Orion test article on its high-speed reentry, isolating samples that are being shipped to Ames Research Center in California for close analysis.
NASA Studying Free-Flying Robotic Satellite-Servicing Mission 
NASA on May 18 issued a request for information (RFI) on a single spacecraft that could be used for the planned Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and a notional robotic-servicing mission.
NASA Heavy-lift Rocket Critical Design Review Underway 
NASA’s Space Launch System program manager says the main risk to the heavy rocket's scheduled November 2018 debut is an installation problem encountered by crews at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Moon Express Signs Payload That Would Continue Apollo Work
A leading contender in the Google Lunar X Prize competition has signed an agreement to land laser-reflecting arrays on the surface of the Moon, continuing experiments placed on the lunar surface by Apollo astronauts.
NASA Commercial Crew Risk Seen Higher Than Constellation 
After briefings by NASA’s commercial crew program office and top Human Exploration and Operations managers, the independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) reported May 13 the agency current estimates a 1-in-200 chance a crew and vehicle will be lost on any given mission.
Materials Scientists Don’t Know Where X-37B Is Taking Them 
Scientists working on NASA’s long-term effort to gauge the effects of the space environment on the materials used to build spacecraft are happy to get a ride from the U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B program, but they haven’t been told exactly where the Boeing-built reusable spaceplane will take their latest materials-exposure experiment.
NASA Providing Satellite Data for Nepal Earthquake Response 
A joint project of NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) designed to provide satellite data for rural development in the Third World is delivering bite-sized chunks of Earth-observation information from space to help authorities in Nepal respond to the deadly earthquakes there.
Planners Considering What Humans Will Do On Mars  18
NASA engineers think they can put four humans in orbit around Mars during the 2033 launch window— without increasing the space agency’s budget.
Advances In Lightweight Composite Tanks For Launchers 5
A key NASA technology goal poses problems in the construction of lightweight propellant tanks.
NASA Materials-Science Experiment To Fly On Next X-37B 
Researchers studying how various materials perform in long-duration exposure to the space environment will get a ride on the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B reusable unpiloted spaceplane’s next flight, NASA said May 6.
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