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.

Surplus Shuttle Engines Key To Space Exploration  52
Despite SpaceX and Blue Origin’s advances on reusable engines, the 16 old space shuttle engines are the only way right now to power flight crews into space.
Blue Origin’s ‘New Glenn’ Launcher Competes With ULA’s Vulcan  11
Still to be revealed are the payload masses for Blue Origin’s two New Glenn variants. Both versions of the new launcher will have a 23-ft. diameter. The two-stage version will stand 270 ft. tall, while the three-stage vehicle will be 313 ft.
Blue Origin Unveils 7-Engine Launcher With Reusable 1st Stage 
First flight of a new Blue Origin human-rated orbital launch vehicle is due from the Seattle-based company’s new launch facility at Cape Canaveral by the end of the decade.
NASA, AJR Developing Throwaway Space Shuttle Engine Derivative  18
NASA is readying its surviving Space Shuttle Main Engines for a last hurrah as the power plant for its new heavy-lift Space Launch System.
NASA’s Space Launch System On Track For 2018 Launch  8
The near-term focus for the program is to get the Space Launch System off the ground—without and with humans on top.
Boeing Building Hydrogen Tank For First SLS Launch  36
The heavy-lift Space Launch System will be a big vehicle, and NASA is starting to turn out some big pieces—and ground infrastructure—for its first flight in 2018.
Inside The World’s Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool 
NASA is using a massive friction-stir welding tool at the Michoud Assembly Facility to build its first flight structure for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS).
Spaceflight Billionaires Bucking A Half-Century Of Experience  6
Aerojet Rocketdyne is applying experience it gained during the past 50 years to a new rocket engine designed to compete with Russian offerings.
NASA Readies 105-ton Variant For Second SLS Mission  3
NASA is using funding it didn’t request to build and fly a more powerful upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System
NASA Uses $85 Million Windfall To Build Heavy-Lift SLS Upper Stage 
NASA is planning to build a powerful new upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) in time for its second flight.
Privatizing Spaceflight May Advance Astronomy, Astrophysics  13
Astrophysicist Martin Elvis sees commercial spaceflight offering a solution to the “funding wall” in future high-tech space missions.
Next Space Telescope: Game Changer Or Budget Buster? 
An uprated astronomy telescope built around a surplus National Reconnaissance Mirror has the potential to “significantly advance” scientific progress, particularly if it is launched early enough to work with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
SpaceX Sticks Another Landing  17
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a U.S.-built Japanese communications Satellite early Aug. 14, and used three of its nine engines to return its first stage to a picture-perfect tail-down landing on a robotic barge downrange from the Cape Canaveral launch site.
NanoRacks Expands ISS Offerings, Looks Beyond 
NanoRacks, which pioneered commercial payload accommodation on the International Space Station (ISS), is teaming to study a concept for converting spent launch-vehicle upper stages into pressurized habitats.
Sierra Nevada Will Use Dream Chaser Cargo Module As Hab 
Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to base a new deep-space habitat concept on the cargo module it is developing to mount behind the Dream Chaser reusable mini-shuttle.

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