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.

Big Gains On Horizon For Laser Communications Suppliers
Silicon Valley’s renewed interest in space-based global connectivity offers opportunities.
Private ‘Bishop’ Airlock Would Move Around ISS Like Chess Piece 
NanoRacks hopes to use the unpressurized “trunk” of the SpaceX Dragon cargo carrier to fly its “Bishop” airlock to the ISS by the end of 2017.
Boeing Would Pull Seats, Life Support, Engines For Cargo-carrying CST-100 23
The cargo CST-100 also would offer unpressurized “upmass” to the International Space Station (ISS) in its throwaway service module.
Dawn Achieves Orbit Around Ceres 12
NASA’s Dawn asteroid-belt probe has used its solar-electric propulsion system to achieve orbit around Ceres.
Bolden: Russian Pullout Would Force ISS Shutdown 
In an exchange with Rep. John Culbertson (R-Texas), the new chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, Administrator Charles Bolden said the possibility of a station shutdown is a strong argument in favor of meeting his agency’s $1.2 billion request for commercial crew vehicles in 2016.
There’s A Mixed Message In Russia’s ISS Plans  2
Kremlin bloviating notwithstanding, both the U.S. and Russia understand that human-spaceflight cooperation is a buffer against hostility.
Dawn Closes In On Dwarf Planet Ceres’ Mystery Bright Spots 
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is in "excellent condition" and on track to be captured into orbit on schedule by the dwarf planet Ceres in the early hours of March 6, says mission controllers at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
NASA Will Buy At Least 6 More Soyuz Seats 
Testifying before the House Science space subcommittee Friday, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s human spaceflight chief, said he expects those seats will cost about 9% more than the $76 million each the U.S. agency paid most recently.
New Earth-Science Missions Beginning To Generate Climate Data 
A series of five Earth-monitoring satellites launched by NASA over the past year is beginning to move from calibration to data-taking in ways that suggest they will enhance researchers’ understanding of how the planet’s climate is changing.
Pete Worden Retiring As NASA-Ames Director 
A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general with a long background in space, Worden has managed the U.S. space agency’s outpost in California’s Silicon Valley since May 2006.
Sen. Cruz Says He Will Follow 2010 Space Compromise 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently will leave his tea party activism to other venues as he takes up the helm of the subcommittee that oversees the U.S. civil space program, opting instead to keep NASA focused on the ongoing public and private spacecraft-development programs hammered out between Congress and the White House.
MMS Mission Will Study Magnetic Reconnection In Orbit 
Complex constellation of four spacecraft will characterize what happens when magnetospheres collide.
Antares Failure Review Still ‘Weeks’ Away
To fulfill its NASA contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the company says it is on track with plans to use a United Launch Alliance Atlas V to lift its next Cygnus pressurized cargo carrier to the station this fall.
Spacecraft To Study What Happens When Magnetospheres Collide 
Scientists believe the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission could improve space-weather forecasting.
Lockheed Martin Rejiggering A2100 Production for Cost, Schedule Gains 
Upgrades to Lockheed Martin’s workhorse A2100 satellite bus are reflected in a shrinking footprint on the ground, as the company consolidates its production facilities to meet a goal of cutting the cost of the spacecraft by 35% and delivery time by 25%.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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