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.

Private Funds Are An Old Tradition in U.S. Space Exploration  13
Economist and NASA adviser’s new book puts the billionaire space investors in a different perspective.
Reusable Thrusters Cleared For Boeing Commercial Crew Capsule 
Aerojet Rocketdyne has demonstrated a reusable hydrazine monopropellant thruster it prepared for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule.
Hubble And Juno Give Brilliant New Views Of Jupiter  3
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to observe Jupiter 27 years after it was launched, and the solar-powered Juno probe is providing unprecedented detail as it orbits the planet.
China Launches Robotic Space Station Resupply Craft  3
Chinese engineers declared the launch of their nation’s first space freighter a success on April 20.
China Prepares Another Step Toward Own Space Station  8
Chinese human-spaceflight managers are ready to launch their nation’s long-awaited robotic cargo vehicle to the Tiangong-2 orbital outpost.
Spaceflight Key In Big Data’s $1 Trillion Economic Impact  2
Silicon Valley garage startup can update its imagery of every spot on Earth, every day.
What Flying New Shepard To Space Will Be Like  22
With the biggest windows ever flown into space, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin space tourism vehicle will provide an unprecedented view.
Upheaval In Space Access Beginning Now  50
Industry is seeing a dramatic shift in launch hardware as the spacefaring nations of the world prepare new rockets for peaceful and not-so-peaceful access to orbit and beyond.
Companies Jockey For A Piece Of Trump’s NASA Plan  4
With the Trump administration still finding its way in space, NASA, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are proposing concepts for Mars exploration.
Podcast: The Race to Develop New Rocket Engines 5
The United Launch Alliance is close to choosing an engine for its Vulcan rocket between Blue Origin’s BE-4 and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1. Meanwhile Orbital ATK is pitching a solid rocket motor for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch system. Aviation Week editors have the details.
‘Operational’ Reusable Launch Goal Of Blue Origin, SpaceX 
Blue Origin and SpaceX's plans toward full operational reusability are not all that different.
China Planning Long-Term Deep-space Robotic Missions 
China’s space organizations are beginning to plan science missions beyond Mars, even as its engineers prepare to return samples from the Moon to Earth this year, and from Mars by 2030.
Reagan Staffer Highlights Space Station’s Geopolitical Value  3
A California Republican congressman and former Reagan speechwriter recalls the close vote that saved the ISS.
Roscosmos Chief Sees Lunar Surface As Step To Mars 

COLORADO SPRINGS—Igor Komarov, director general of Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation, agrees with other non-U.S.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Staying In Game To Replace RD-180  18
Propulsion engineers at Aerojet Rocketdyne are banking on their company’s long experience building large rocket engines to see its AR1 kerosene engine as the logical replacement for the Russian RD-180 to launch future U.S. national security payloads.
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