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.

House Republicans Take Shot At NASA’s Earth-Science Programs 
Lawmakers on the House Science Committee took a deep divot out of NASA’s Earth-science budget request April 30 in what Democratic members of the Republican-controlled panel called an “ideological” attempt to thwart research into the human causes of climate change.
Blue Origin Notches Partial Success In First Flight Of New Shepard 
The suborbital human spacecraft rose to an altitude of 307,000 ft. over West Texas on April 29, with a “perfect” first developmental flight of the crew capsule, but loss of the reusable cryogenic booster to a hydraulic system failure.
New Horizons Delivering Pluto Imagery With Better Resolution Than Hubble 2
A camera aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has started generating tantalizing views of Pluto rotating on its sharply tilted axis, presenting patches of bright and dark material as it spins around a pole that appears to be covered with a cap of ice.
Hall-Thruster Experiment Set For Next X-37B Mission 
Set to launch on an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral on May 20, the fourth flight of the mysterious X-37B testbed will include a Hall-thruster experiment designed to test modifications to the AEHF satellite thrusters that are designed to improve performance.
Sierra Nevada Continues To Push Its Dream Chaser  2
Sierra Nevada is using its deep pockets to keep the Dream Chaser mini-space shuttle alive while it looks for paying customers.
Missions, New Spacecraft Reflect Spaceflight ‘Churn’ 
Certainly there is a new space race underway, just as there was 50 years ago. This time the goal is profits—and the skilled workforces that can generate them—although national prestige remains important, too.
JPL Mars Study Seen Backing NASA’s Long-term ‘Evolving’ Plan 
A Mars-exploration architecture conceived at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an exercise to keep its engineers on the cutting edge can help garner support for NASA’s open-ended “Evolving Mars” approach to sending humans to the Red Planet, according to the JPL official who ordered the study.
Habitats Could Be NASA’s Next Commercial Spacecraft Buy 9
NASA is spending a little money to see if cargo carriers for the ISS can be “evolved” into crew habitats for deep-space exploration.
NASA IG Finds Plum Brook Test Facilities Underused, Ripe For Downsizing 
Many of the unique test facilities at NASA’s Plum Brook Station near Cleveland have gone for years without being used, and the agency could save on the cost of their upkeep if managers develop a plan for shutting them down, the NASA Inspector General (IG) has concluded after an audit.
Caltech, Northrop Grumman Hope To Lower Space Solar Power Cost 
Northrop Grumman will contribute as much as $17.5 million over three years to the California Institute of Technology for space solar power (SSP) development work.
NASA Wants More Time to Review Second-Round Commercial Cargo Bids 
Source-selection officials at NASA have delayed awarding the second set of contracts for commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station “to allow additional time to evaluate proposals.”
Space-Component Manufacturers Turn To 3-D Printing 
Given budget pressures, space industry increasingly using additive manufacturing to make components more flexibly and at lower cost
Surrey Satellite Technology’s U.S. Unit Gaining Traction 
With one satellite in house here, another on the way, and plans afoot for new spacecraft conceived on the path-finding model of its U.K. parent, Surrey Satellite Technology U.S. is taking root in fresh soil.
GOP Lawmakers Say NASA Slights Space For Climate Change Research 
NASA is spending too much of its tight budget on Earth science missions and not enough on space exploration, according to House Republican lawmakers who also faulted the U.S. space agency on its most ambitious new exploration program.
Next ESA Chief Sees Many Uses For Far-side ‘Moon Station’ 
Human explorers would find many uses for an international “Moon station” after the International Space Station is shut down in the coming decade, says Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
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