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.

Civil/Military Aerospace Split Has Outlived Its Usefulness  42
Compared to the cold radioactive vacuum of space, survival in combat is a piece of cake.
Women Have Advantages As Astronauts, But History Gives Men A Head Start  29
The imbalance of male-female U.S. astronauts dates to President Dwight Eisenhower’s belief that military pilots were best qualified to fly in space.
After Flying With New Engine, Antares Cleared For Heavier Loads 
Orbital ATK has eased the margins on its Antares launch vehicle after the performance it turned in last fall with a new Russian-built rocket engine.
Trump Climate-Change Move Shows Contempt For NASA  37
For all the showmanship and hyperbole about reusable 100-passenger spaceships, there is something real behind Musk’s vision.
SpaceX Dragon Delivers First Chinese Experiments To ISS 
Among experiments reaching the International Space Station on the first SpaceX Dragon capsule to revisit the orbiting outpost is a 3.5-kg experiment provided by the Beijing Institute of Technology that will study the effects of the in-space environment on genes.
Trump May Be Privatizing Public Space Technology  1
The Trump administration’s attempt to opt out of the Restore-L project and transfer its technology to the private sector is raising questions and objections.
New NASA Budget Closely Tracks Old One  1
While most of Trump’s first NASA budget mimics the Obama administration’s, there are some important differences in emphasis, such as climate science.
NASA Spins Asteroid Robotics Out To Industry  1
Despite being cut from the budget request by the Trump administration, robotics developed by NASA will still be of great use to the space industry.
ISS Demonstrates Possibilities Of Low-cost Launch  19
By making launch more affordable, SpaceX hopes to open the door to wider experimentation in space.
NASA Budget Trims Satellite-Servicing, Earth Science 
President Donald Trump’s $19.1 billion fiscal 2018 spending request for NASA achieves a 0.8% decrease from current levels by terminating a robotic satellite-servicing demonstration mission and, as expected, trimming Earth-science missions.
Airbus Safran Launchers Names Itself ArianeGroup 
Europe's space launch industry will roll out a new name at the upcoming Paris Air Show to cap a consolidation that started in 2014.
Lunar Water Probably Exists, But Mining It Is Another Story  7
Finding usable water on the Moon would boost space exploration, but extracting it is likely to be a challenge.
Spaceflight Takes Off And Takes A Bow At Paris Air Show  1
From the big rockets for human spaceflight to the swarms of tiny cubesats revolutionizing data and bandwidth, the space economy is making a name for itself.
NASA Decides Not To Fly Crew On First SLS Mission  1
A NASA review team has concluded it will be too risky and costly to put a crew on the first flight of the heavy-lift Space Launch System.
SLS Tank Dome Damaged In Michoud Mishap 
A large piece of qualification hardware for NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System was damaged May 3 in a “Class B mishap” at the Michoud Assembly Facility.
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