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.

Pluto System Deemed Safe For Highest-Value Trajectory
The same instrument that has been scanning ahead for collision danger to the fast-moving probe is also revealing new details about Pluto’s surface, including a row of mysterious dark spots along the equator.
Podcast: Flyby At Pluto Approaching Fast
What will happen when New Horizons hurtles past the icy dwarf planet and its five moons on July 14?
Pluto Flyby Will Open New Solar System Zone  1
New Horizons probe flyby of Pluto, almost 15 years in the making, had to overcome both technical and bureaucratic challenges.
New Horizons Probe’s Long Route To Pluto 
New Horizons has a long trajectory and it is not over yet.
Staying Connected At 3 Billion Miles Is Not Easy 
New Horizons expects successful transmission of data collected at Pluto back to Earth, but space debris could create problems.
Pluto Science Suite Is State Of The Art  1
The spacecraft is in the midst of taking “hundreds” of images and science measurements, “about half” of them programmed for the day that surrounds closest approach to Pluto at 7:49:57 a.m. EDT, according to Leslie Young, the deputy project scientist and Pluto-encounter planning lead.
New Horizons Closing In For A Fast Pluto Flyby  17
Scientists hope the New Horizons Pluto probe will turn a lifetime of preparation into a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the most remote object ever visited by humans.
Long Lag In Exploring Pluto Is Par For Planets  5
Scientists involved in exploration of the Pluto system have to take the long view, after waiting almost a decade just to get there.
Meet The New Horizons Instruments  2
The spacecraft is fitted out with a payload package of small but powerful instruments, which will have one quick shot to do their job before flying past Pluto.
Launch Failure Rocks SpaceX Advance  7
Failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 cargo mission is a setback for the company, though the severity of the consequences has yet to be determined.
Sofia Studies Pluto’s Atmosphere In Run Up To New Horizons Flyby 
The airborne observatory's studies will enrich similar data to be collected July 14 when the nuclear-powered New Horizons probe makes its close flyby of Pluto and its large moon Charon.
White House Budget Chief Warns Of Laser Comms Demo Cut 
White House Budget Director Shaun Donovan warns senators that the NASA spending bill adopted by their appropriations committee threatens to delay “demonstration of a cutting-edge laser communications system” being prepared to broaden the bandwidth on deep-space missions.
Falcon 9 Failure Strains ISS, But Doesn’t Break It  17

Operations on the International Space Station can continue for now without major upset in the wake of Sunday’s failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon capsule crammed with supplies and equipment, but the program will have to make significant adjustments to accommodate the loss.

U.S. Reliance on Russia for ISS Ops Grows With Falcon 9 Loss 3
With the loss of the SpaceX Falcon9/Dragon resupply mission, the U.S. is temporarily without the means to launch astronauts or cargo to the International Space Station.
Falcon 9 Fails on Launch to Space Station 8
Falcon 9 launch failure raises near-term questions about supplies for space station crew and could complicate SpaceX's push to launch national security payloads.
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