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.

Startups Take First Step Toward Orbiting Factory 
Made In Space and Axiom Space, two startups with innovative concepts for making money in orbit, have joined forces to collaborate on developing a private space station to manufacture low-noise fiber-optic cable and other products that require the microgravity environment of low Earth orbit.
Earth Temperatures Reach Record Again In 2016 
The latest U.S. government data derived from spacecraft and in situ measurement show the Earth warmed again to record levels in 2016.
Breakthrough Is Surveying Other Galaxies For Planets To Visit  8
Breakthrough’s Starshot plan is looking for exoplanets in the “Goldlocks Zone” of the Alpha Centauri binary system that might support life.
Lockheed Martin, Space Systems/Loral Building Discovery Mission Craft  2
U.S. companies will draw on their experience building scientific and commercial communications spacecraft to develop probes that will explore remnants of the early Solar System.
NASA Safety Panel Urges Caution In SpaceX Propellant Plans 
NASA safety advisors are urging the agency to proceed with caution before accepting SpaceX’s plan to load densified propellant into its Falcon 9 launch vehicle with a crew already on board in a Dragon capsule.
Cubesat Testbeds Trim Risk And Save Millions  2
Tom and Jerry are more than an old-school cartoon, they are now an important cubesat experiment.
Space Systems/Loral Adapting GEO Bird To Asteroid Belt 
NASA’s planned Psyche mission to study a unique metallic main-belt asteroid will use spacecraft technology developed by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) for geostationary communications satellites, including solar electric propulsion (SEP) thrusters that will allow the Discovery-class probe to orbit the distant body.
SpaceX Return To Flight Delayed For Weather 
Iridium, the mission customer with its first 10 next-generation low Earth orbit communications satellites, said the launch has been rescheduled at 11:54 a.m. EST Jan. 14.
FAA Clears SpaceX Return To Flight  3
On Monday SpaceX plans to launch its first Falcon 9 since an on-pad explosion destroyed the Amos-6 Israeli communications satellite last Sept. 1.
Lockheed Applies Juno Heritage To Asteroid Mission 
Like Juno, Lucy will derive enough energy from its advanced solar cells to eliminate the need for a radioisotope thermoelectric generator, the previous norm for probes operating at that distance from the Sun
Deep-Space Small Bodies Are NASA’s Next Discovery Targets 
NASA is funding probes that will visit Trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun, and a unique main-belt asteroid that may be the surviving metallic core of a long-destroyed planet.
NASA Awards Boeing, SpaceX Four More Crew Missions Each 
Boeing and SpaceX are now under contract for six crew flights each to the International Space Station, once NASA certifies their commercial crew vehicles for human spaceflight.
Regardless Of Trump, Here’s What’s Happening In Space This Year  42
Movement toward more frequent privatized human spaceflight is just one of the big achievements slated for 2017, whatever happens in the White House.
FAA Reviewing SpaceX Results Before Clearing Return to Flight  29
SpaceX hopes to return its Falcon 9 to flight this month but must await final FAA action before scheduling a launch.
China Joins U.S., Japan In Monitoring CO2 From Space 
A new Chinese satellite will give China an independent way to monitor carbon dioxide levels worldwide.
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