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.

Kibo Lab Drives Expanded U.S./Japan Research Collaboration 
Unique research assets on Japan’s Kibo space station module will enable closer cooperation between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on the International Space Station.
Raft Of Space-Policy Issues Awaits Next U.S. Administration  8
Space exploration is likely to be lost in the “fear and loathing” that will attend the two U.S. political conventions upcoming this month. That is a shame, because the opportunities—and pitfalls —looming in the spaceflight endeavor this year cry out for a well-reasoned, coherent U.S. policy.
NASA May Pay Elon Musk To Land Scientific Instruments On Mars  45
NASA is ready to help Elon Musk land a Dragon capsule on Mars, and is taking a wait-and-see approach to sending its own expensive instruments along.
Static Test Wraps Up SLS Solid-motor Qualification 
The hot-fire test of a chilled-down solid-fuel rocket motor for NASA’s planned heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) on June 28 moved the big human-rated rocket a step closer to its first flight in 2018.
Virgin Galactic’s Isakowitz To Replace Austin At Aerospace Corp. 
Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation picked Steve Isakowitz as president and CEO of the non-profit corporation which operates a federally funded research and development center in El Segundo, California, that advises the Air Force, NASA and other government agencies on aerospace technology.
Space Foundation: Global Space Industry Holding Steady 
Telecommunications, broadcasting and Earth observation continue to dominate the global space economy, but new technologies and services have the potential to take a larger place at the table, according to the latest report on space industry developments published by the Space Foundation.
Smallsats Could Help Predict Solar Storms 
A coronal mass ejection could be particularly devastating in today’s globally wired world. Scientists advocate research into solar storms with smallsats at the forefront.
Curiosity To Image, Possibly Sample, Potential Mars Water Sites  8
Two small features on Mars’s Mount Sharp are targets for observation with Curiosity’s MastCam camera as part of the quest to determine whether there is life on the planet.
Billionaires Pushing the Envelope in Launcher Reuse 
Space-launch startups Blue Origin and SpaceX continue to take advantage of their owners’ deep pockets to advance the state of the art in reusable vehicles, with back-to-back test attempts over the past week to recover launchers after they had delivered payloads to suborbital space.
Juno Closes In For July 4 Orbital Insertion At Jupiter 
Controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are bracing for 35 min. of terror as the $1.1 billion Juno mission spacecraft enters polar orbit over Jupiter on July 4.
SpaceX Orbits Two Satellites, Loses Falcon Stage On Hard Landing 
One of three engines firing to slow the stage’s descent to SpaceX's unmanned landing barge apparently didn’t deliver enough power, triggering a crash, company founder Elon Musk said in a tweet.
Using The Stratosphere As Testing Ground For Space  3
Companies selling commercial rides to the stratosphere on high-altitude balloons hope the burgeoning economy in low Earth orbit needs a leg up to space.
Small Spacecraft Seen Aiding Space Weather Forecasts 
Forecasting costly and potentially deadly high-energy solar storms could improve with the deployment of small-spacecraft constellations, some experts say.
NASA Resumes Astronomy Balloon Flights From Texas 
An upcoming demonstration flight at NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, Texas, will mark the agency’s first use of the site since 2009.
NASA Deal Gives Dream Chaser A Shot In The Arm  6
With its selection as a third cargo carrier in NASA’s second-round Commercial Resupply Services competition, Sierra Nevada Corp. is pushing Dream Chaser into the international marketplace.

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