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.

Many Launch Players Chase Limited Demand  2
Commercial capacity in lower Earth Orbit is booming, but it’s unclear what payloads will use all that’s being built up by companies such as SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA), Blue Origin, Arianespace, Energia, China Great Wall and India’s Antrix.
NASA’s Election-Year Budget Request Mostly Maintains Course 
The budget plan appears to contain no real surprises except an apparent shift away from the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) that has been a centerpiece in President Barack Obama’s space policy.
SpaceX Has Highest ISS Resupply Price  29
Cargo deliveries to the International Space Station with the SpaceX Dragon capsule will have the highest price of the three private vehicles chosen for the second round of Commercial Resupply Services work, but NASA has high confidence of its chances for success.
Panel Sees Shortage Of Demand In Private Spaceflight 
Demand for a commercial human facility with International Space Station research capabilities is not a foregone conclusion, and may develop only slowly if at all as the station approaches the end of its service life in 2024 or later, academics and engineers say.
Webb Telescope Takes Shape With Robotic Assembly 
The Webb telescope has some high hurdles to surmount before it “delivers first light.”
Republican Lawmaker Calls for More Regulation of Space 
The burgeoning space economy needs government regulation before it spins out of control, a young conservative House Republican congressman urged space-industry representatives Feb. 2.
NASA Selects CubeSats To Hitch Ride On First SLS  1
NASA is using excess capability on the big new Space Launch System rocket to demonstrate nanosats beyond low Earth orbit for the first time.
Electrospray Thrusters Checked Out In Space 
U.S.-built electric microspray thrusters operating in the micro-Newton thrust range have checked out on the European Space Agency's Lisa Pathfinder gravity-wave spacecraft.
Webb Instrument Test, Mirror Assembly Completed 
“We’re couple of weeks away from finishing the telescope,” said Lee Feinberg, the optical telescope element manager, during a press briefing in the balcony overlooking the clean room where the work is taking place.
Podcast: Defending Planet Earth 4
Our space experts discuss why tracking and diverting killer asteroids is finally being taken seriously.
Lightweight Optics Grow From Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits  6
U.S. space and defense agencies are helping to fund lightweight optics in a project that could produce a hundredfold reduction in the size, weight and power consumption of remote-sensing telescopes.
Pentagon Sketches Plans For New Rocket Procurement 
The U.S. Defense Department plans to initiate a launch services procurement this year for at least two “public-private partnerships” that would see the government and private companies share the cost.
Extra Money Means More Early Work For Orion Crew Module 
Election year windfall funding for NASA will allow work on the Orion crew capsule to proceed more quickly than expected.
Flight Orion Crew Module Ready To Ship 
The program is still on track for an unmanned trip around the Moon in the fall of 2018 with some extra features enabled in part by a $174 million congressional funding boost.
Landing Spacecraft Back On Earth Will Open Orbital Market  66
SpaceX, Sierra Nevada move the needle on reusable-spacecraft technology that could give the orbital economy a shot in the arm.
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