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.

Articles
LOX-Tank Helium ‘Breach’ Implicated in SpaceX Explosion 
Investigators examining the Sept. 1 pad explosion have found evidence of an apparent rupture in the helium system used to pressurize the upper-stage liquid oxygen tank.
NASA Marshall Chief: Nuclear-Thermal Stage Would Cost ‘Ones of Billions’ 
Development of a deep-space propulsion system that uses hydrogen superheated by a nuclear fission reaction for highly efficient in-space propulsion could move rapidly with enough funding and industry cooperation, according to Todd May, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
Senate Bill Would Push NASA Plans Through Presidential Transition 
The Senate committee that authorizes NASA spending adopted bipartisan language on Sept. 21 that would require the next president to maintain the status quo on major NASA exploration programs, at least initially.
Commercial Crew-SLS Combo Seen As Enabler For Lunar Outpost 
A pair of longtime lunar exploration advocates say NASA can set up a permanent water-mining base at one of the Moon’s poles with an innovative adaptation of the agency’s planned heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) and advanced commercial crew vehicles.
Space Benefits Touted To Cash-Strapped European Politicians  3
New head of Germany’s DLR space agency and her colleagues across Europe lobby for money to fund future projects.
Mowry Leaves Arianespace For Blue Origin 
Clay Mowry, who has headed the U.S. subsidiary of Arianespace for the past 15 years, is leaving the company to set up a Washington office for Blue Origin.
Surplus Shuttle Engines Key To Space Exploration  52
Despite SpaceX and Blue Origin’s advances on reusable engines, the 16 old space shuttle engines are the only way right now to power flight crews into space.
Blue Origin’s ‘New Glenn’ Launcher Competes With ULA’s Vulcan  11
Still to be revealed are the payload masses for Blue Origin’s two New Glenn variants. Both versions of the new launcher will have a 23-ft. diameter. The two-stage version will stand 270 ft. tall, while the three-stage vehicle will be 313 ft.
Blue Origin Unveils 7-Engine Launcher With Reusable 1st Stage 
First flight of a new Blue Origin human-rated orbital launch vehicle is due from the Seattle-based company’s new launch facility at Cape Canaveral by the end of the decade.
NASA, AJR Developing Throwaway Space Shuttle Engine Derivative  18
NASA is readying its surviving Space Shuttle Main Engines for a last hurrah as the power plant for its new heavy-lift Space Launch System.
NASA’s Space Launch System On Track For 2018 Launch  8
The near-term focus for the program is to get the Space Launch System off the ground—without and with humans on top.
Boeing Building Hydrogen Tank For First SLS Launch  36
The heavy-lift Space Launch System will be a big vehicle, and NASA is starting to turn out some big pieces—and ground infrastructure—for its first flight in 2018.
Inside The World’s Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool 
NASA is using a massive friction-stir welding tool at the Michoud Assembly Facility to build its first flight structure for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS).
Spaceflight Billionaires Bucking A Half-Century Of Experience  6
Aerojet Rocketdyne is applying experience it gained during the past 50 years to a new rocket engine designed to compete with Russian offerings.
NASA Readies 105-ton Variant For Second SLS Mission  3
NASA is using funding it didn’t request to build and fly a more powerful upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System
 

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