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.

New Horizons Changes Course For 2019 Encounter
The fourth and final trajectory-correction maneuver comes as scientists begin making discoveries in the spectroscopic data from the July 14 encounter with Pluto and its moons.
Maven: Sun Stripped Atmosphere From Mars 
Charged solar wind particles have changed Mars from a planet that was warmer and wetter to the cold desert we see today, data from a new NASA probe show.
Next Space Station Resupply Contract Delayed Until Jan. 30 
NASA has set a new date for selecting one or more private space-launch providers to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in the second round of its Commercial Resupply Services competition.
Space Advocates Risk Losing Momentum Toward Mars  26
Wayne Hale, former shuttle program manager, tells deep-space exploration advocates: “There must be a revolution in how we get things done, financially and organizationally.”
Independent Antares Review Could Affect Commercial Resupply Award 
A determination on the second set of contract awards for commercial resupply missions to ISS, expected on Nov. 5, could be influenced by an independent agency review of the Oct. 28, 2014, engine failure on Orbital ATK’s Antares launch vehicle.
NASA Studies New Upper Stage For Second SLS Mission  10
NASA human-spaceflight managers are evaluating whether it will be possible to switch to a more capable upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) in time for its first flight with a crew.
NASA Review Finds Debris In Failed Antares Engine 
A NASA review of the 2014 engine failure of the Orbital ATK Antares launch vehicle after liftoff on a cargo-delivery mission to the International Space Station found foreign object debris in the AJ-26 engine.
Can Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Move Economy Into Space?  12
New space economy—the dawn of a new era or the next economic bubble? The answer is still subject to debate.
Hardware Store Opening On the Space Station 
Set for launch at the end of this year, the ruggedized 3D printer will allow astronauts and cosmonauts on the ISS to manufacture plastic tools, containers and other small items.
New Horizons Maneuvers Toward Kuiper Belt Object 
Controllers operating the New Horizons Pluto probe have confirmed that the nuclear-powered spacecraft completed the second of four maneuvers designed to take it past a lone Kuiper Belt Object at the beginning of 2019.
NASA Approves Initial Space Launch System Design 
The next major review of the SLS will come in 2017, when design certification will compare vehicle hardware with the design, leading to a flight readiness review in 2018.
Orbiter, Lander And Phobos In NASA’s Mars Plans  18
NASA reveals more of its thinking for the push to Mars, including a 2026 robotic lander to test landing techniques and a manned mission to Phobos.
Jerusalem Violence Dampens Spaceflight Optimism 
International space conference illuminated the higher aspirations of space exploration while being shadowed by ongoing Earth-bound conflict.
Podcast: Space Congress
Scientists, engineers and students from around the world gathered in Jerusalem Oct. 12-16 for the 66th International Astronautical Congress. Civil space is at a turning point, with ambitious new plans unfolding as old ones bear fruit. Senior space editor Frank Morring, Jr., and Paris Bureau Chief Amy Svitak took a moment to describe what they learned about the changes at this year’s IAC.
Israeli Vest May Protect Astronauts From Radiation 
Lockheed Martin has teamed with Israel’s StemRad Ltd. to develop a vest astronauts could wear during solar storms and other dangerous radiation events.

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