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.

Flight-hardware SLS Engine Controller Tested At Stennis 
Engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center hot-fire tested an RS-25 developmental rocket engine for the heavy-lift Space Launch System March 23 with an upgraded electronic controller intended to help lift an Orion capsule toward a flight around the Moon.
Planet’s Plans Hinge On Multiple Launchers 
With 100 small satellites soon to begin full-up operation as a commercial Earth-observation constellation, Planet has learned a number of valuable lessons.
Ideology, Not Reality, Drives Trump NASA Cuts  63
Trump administration’s views on climate change may curtail NASA Earth-observation satellite missions.
Managers Say Orion Can Be Ready For Crew In 2019 
Lockheed Martin engineering managers in charge of developing the Orion crew capsule for NASA say the vehicle planned for an unmanned three-week mission in lunar orbit next year could be ready for an eight-day lunar flyaround with two astronauts on board before the end of 2019.
2017 Lifetime Achievement Laureate: Former NASA Chief Charles Bolden
Charles F. Bolden, a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, NASA astronaut and the 12th administrator of the U.S. space agency, is the 2017 recipient of the Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Award.
How Soon Should We Set Off For Mars?  132
A debate that began with the Obama administration is continuing under Trump: when to head for Mars and how to leverage cislunar efforts toward that goal?
Podcast: Satellite 2017 — The Wild West in Space 1
Blue Origin’s New Glenn is one among many launch companies that will lend a hand to companies eager to send spacecraft into orbit in a market where technological change can be faster than the pace of production. Listen in as our editors discuss the key takeaways from this week's Satellite 2017 conference in Washington, D.C.
Executives Say Stability Key To Commercial Space  4
NASA, other stakeholders still pursuing ideas for commercial enterprises in space, which have so far proven elusive.
Bezos Goes For ‘Operational Reusability’ With New Glenn  3
Amazon founder and Blue Origin owner says the concept for reusable launch vehicles will grow the launch industry to a “new equilibrium.”
‘Distant Worlds’ Are Too Far; Lunar Landing Is Another Story  58
While building a lander to put humans on the Moon and elsewhere looks possible in 4-5 years, the financial commitment needed to do so is much less certain.
Satellite Industry Upgrades Private Space-Tracking System 
The private Space Data Association has joined with Analytical Graphics, Inc. to develop an upgrade of the current system to track spacecraft and debris in geostationary and medium Earth orbits.
Blue Origin To Launch Eutelsat Satellite By 2022 
Eutelsat has signed on as the first customer for Blue Origin’s partially reusable New Glenn launch vehicle.
Blue Origin Developing Cargo Lander For The Moon  5
Jeff Bezos and others are focusing on bases on the Moon as jumping-off points for deeper-space exploration.
Blue Origin Developing 10,000-lb. Lunar Polar Lander  35
A robotic lunar lander capable of delivering as much as 10,000 lb. of cargo to a permanent outpost on the rim of the Moon’s polar Shackleton Crater could make its first flight by July 2020, with a little help from NASA.
Blue Origin Developing 10,000-lb. Lunar Polar Lander 
A robotic lunar lander capable of delivering as much as 10,000 lb. of cargo to a permanent outpost on the rim of the Moon’s polar Shackleton Crater could make its first flight by July 2020, with a little help from NASA.
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