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.

Spaceflight Billionaires Bucking A Half-Century Of Experience  5
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
NASA Uses $85 Million Windfall To Build Heavy-Lift SLS Upper Stage 
NASA is planning to build a powerful new upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) in time for its second flight.
Privatizing Spaceflight May Advance Astronomy, Astrophysics  9
Astrophysicist Martin Elvis sees commercial spaceflight offering a solution to the “funding wall” in future high-tech space missions.
Next Space Telescope: Game Changer Or Budget Buster? 
An uprated astronomy telescope built around a surplus National Reconnaissance Mirror has the potential to “significantly advance” scientific progress, particularly if it is launched early enough to work with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
SpaceX Sticks Another Landing  17
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a U.S.-built Japanese communications Satellite early Aug. 14, and used three of its nine engines to return its first stage to a picture-perfect tail-down landing on a robotic barge downrange from the Cape Canaveral launch site.
NanoRacks Expands ISS Offerings, Looks Beyond 
NanoRacks, which pioneered commercial payload accommodation on the International Space Station (ISS), is teaming to study a concept for converting spent launch-vehicle upper stages into pressurized habitats.
Sierra Nevada Will Use Dream Chaser Cargo Module As Hab 
Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to base a new deep-space habitat concept on the cargo module it is developing to mount behind the Dream Chaser reusable mini-shuttle.
Station Stores Adequate As Antares, HTV Resupply Launches Slip 
Orbital ATK and NASA have delayed the first flight of the company’s re-engined Antares launch vehicle until late September to accommodate traffic at the International Space Station and give engineers more time to prepare.
Next Mars Rover Will Analyze Rocks From Afar  1
An advanced instrument in development for NASA’s planned 2020 rover, the ‘rock zapper’ will add range, color and sound.
Hubble Gathers Exoplanet Data To Cue Its Webb Follow-on  5
Astronomers continue to expand our knowledge of the Solar System and beyond with ever-improving instruments. The Hubble Space Telescope continues a process Galileo started that will continue with the James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018.
Mars 2020 Rover May Drop Samples For Later Pickup 
NASA plans to leave rock-core and soil-sample packages exposed on the surface behind its Mars 2020 rover.
Earth Observation Takes A Leap Forward  2
New constellations of Earth-observing smallsats and advanced data-crunching give decision-makers new tools for dealing with a changing planet.
FAA Clears Two Landmark Commercial Space Ventures 
FAA commercial-space officials have authorized a robotic lunar lander and a suborbital human spacecraft for flight, marking a regulatory double play for the private spaceflight industry.
NASA Needs Interface Standards To Meet Its Goals  1
NASA hopes the docking adaptor awaiting installation on ISS is just the first step in a broad range of international spacecraft standards that will be needed to explore beyond low Earth orbit.

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