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.

Military Satcom Upgrade Launched On Delta IV 
U.S., Canadian and Australian military forces will gain additional satellite communications bandwidth with the Dec. 7 launch of an upgraded Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) spacecraft from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV.
SpaceX Still Lacks License To Launch Iridium  1
SpaceX has yet to present a final report to the FAA’s commercial space office, which licenses commercial launches, on the company's September pad explosion that destroyed an Israeli satellite.
Positioning ‘Old’ NASA For ‘New Space’ And Trump  2
A top NASA administrator discusses the U.S. space program at what may be an ‘inflection point’ between the old and the new ways of doing things.
Life-Support Worries Shaping First Orion Capsule Flight  7
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is hearing that life-support technology remains a question mark in NASA’s exploration plans.
NASA Chooses Space Systems/Loral For Restore-L Testbed Bus 
NASA picked Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) for a $127 million contract to build the bus for its planned Restore-L spacecraft-refueling mission.
NASA’s Cautious Approach To Human Lunar Return  45
NASA has decided to ease humans back to the Moon in a free-return flyaround trajectory on the first flight of the Orion crew capsule with astronauts on board, instead of going directly to the lunar orbit where it plans to test hardware for human missions to Mars.
Alan Stern Learned Some Lessons En Route To Pluto  2
The principal investigator for the New Horizons space program says that the volume of unexpected results generated will mean rewriting the textbooks on what is happening in the Kuiper Belt.
Electrospray Apps Expanding After LISA Pathfinder Demo 
Electrospray thruster technology demonstrated on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Lisa Pathfinder gravity-wave mission is moving to more generic applications, including cubesat deorbiting, formation flying and long-distance laser comms.
Next NASA Administrator Must Clear Commercial Crew  10
Both SpaceX and Boeing have slipped their launch dates for first crewed flights to the ISS, as a big decision awaits the next presidential administration on giving the green light.
Podcast: What Will Trump Do For Aerospace And Defense? 2
U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is just beginning to form his team. What will it mean for aerospace, aviation, NASA, trade and the economy?
Incoming: What To Watch For From The Trump Administration  73
Donald Trump’s election to the White House means change is coming to the A&D world, but practically no one—maybe not even the president-elect—knows exactly what those changes will be.
OneWeb Picks Cloud-based Constellation-control System 
Columbia, Maryland-based Applied Defense Systems will develop cloud-based software for automated orbit analysis, maneuver planning and collision avoidance for OneWeb.
SpaceX Files With FCC For Broadband LEO Constellation 
SpaceX envisions building a massive constellation of 4,425 small spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO) over the next decade to provide satellite-internet with “full and continuous global coverage,” according to the company’s application for FCC approval.
Trump NASA Transition Set In Motion  66
Space policy transition is taking shape slowly following Donald Trump’s surprise election victory.
‘Outward-looking’ Trump Space Policy Will Start In White House 
Space-policy advisers to the nascent administration of President-elect Donald Trump see a revived National Space Council under incoming Vice President Mike Pence coordinating civil, military and intelligence space activities from the White House to avoid costly duplication of effort.
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