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.

Latest Chinese Manned Space Mission Marks Step Toward Station  5
The rendezvous and docking of Shenzhou-11, a manned mission launched on Oct. 17, with the Tiangong-2 orbiting laboratory relied on improved technology.
Podcast: In Space, International Cooperation Counts 6
Missions tend to fare better when countries share information and technology. That certainly appeared to be the case last week - from Russia's Soyuz launch , to China's Shenzou mission, Antares's return to flight, and a rocky landing on Mars.
Real Work Underway To Keep Mars Travelers Alive  26
First on the international space station, then in cislunar habitats, NASA is set to begin researching human survivability for travel to Mars.
Orbital ATK’s Antares Returns To Flight  2
NASA’s faltering commercial-spaceflight endeavor enjoys a spectacular return to flight of the Orbital ATK Antares launcher laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).
Antares Returns To Flight After Two-year Grounding  8
Orbital ATK’s Antares launch vehicle has returned to flight two years after a spectacular liftoff explosion en route to the International Space Station with a load of supplies.
China Launches Two Astronauts To New Mini-Station  58
Two Chinese astronauts have lifted off for the the Tiangong 2 docking target, a Salyut-class mini-space station acting as a training ground for operations at the larger orbital laboratory planned for launch in 2022.
Jason Ocean-height Sats Reach Final Operating Positions 
Controllers have maneuvered the Jason-2 spacecraft into an orbital slot 162 deg. away from the new Jason-3 satellite, giving weather forecasters and climate researchers a one-two punch.
Pentagon Orders $20 Million In Imagery From LEO Smallsat Startup 
Planet, a hot San Francisco-based Earth-observation startup that has launched dozens of CubeSat-class spacecraft into low Earth orbit (LEO), will provide daily imagery updates to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Imagery From India’s Mars Orbiter Mission  15
The Indian Space Research Organization’s mission has been circling the red planet since Sept. 24, 2014, returning a trove of data and imagery.
Private Space Colonizers Take Dramatically Different Stances  84
Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, two billionaires with ambitious visions for space colonization, have markedly different approaches to settling the ‘final frontier.’
NASA Mapping Flight-test Details Of Lunar-orbit Habitat 
NASA's human-exploration planners are developing work schedules for the human-tended habitat they hope to put in orbit around the Moon in the coming decade.
Smallsat Could Act As ‘Insurance’ For Europa Probe 
NASA has developed a concept for a small secondary payload on the planned “Europa Clipper” mission that would dip as low as 2 km above the Jupiter moon’s icy surface to sample ocean-ice fragments that could contain the chemical signatures of life.
Blue Origin Ascent-abort Test An Apparent Success  22
Engineers at Blue Origin validated the “full-envelope” escape system for its six-seat suborbital passenger capsule with a successful abort test Oct. 5 16,000 ft. above the West Texas desert.
Smallsat Constellations Seen Adding Debris Risk  6
As the number of smallsat constellations grows, international satellite tracking bodies see increased risk of space debris problems unless mitigations measures are adopted.
Rosetta's Comet Exploration Mission Ends With Planned Crash  3
The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko ended with a bang and not a whimper, a planned crash into a deep pit in the comet, with final images sent on its way down.

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