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.

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Space: What To Watch For In 2015
2015 is packed with developments in crew vehicles, satellite launches and scientific advancement. Mark the calendar with a list of some of the space news events for the new year.
Technology, Films Drove Awareness Of NEO Threat 
Asteroid expert Donald K. Yeomans, retiring as supervisor of the Solar System Dynamics Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, discusses the threat to Earth of asteroids and comets.
GAO Backs NASA’s Choice Of Boeing, SpaceX For Commercial Crew 
"GAO disagreed with Sierra Nevada’s arguments about NASA’s evaluation, and found no undue emphasis on NASA’s consideration of each offeror’s proposed schedule, and likelihood to achieve crew transportation system certification not later than 2017," the congressional auditors said.
Next SpaceX Mission Will Refly Experiments Lost On Antares 
The SpaceX Dragon capsule scheduled to launch to the International Space Station as early as Tuesday morning carries student experiments and nanosatellites replacing some of those lost on the launch failure of an Orbital Science Corp. Antares/Cygnus cargo last October.
As Antares Swaps Russian Engines, Orbital Hopes To Sidestep Politics 
Orbital Sciences Corp. will buy a new rocket engine to replace the surplus Russian engines tentatively implicated in the Oct. 28 failure of an Antares launch vehicle with a load of cargo for the International Space Station.
NASA Picks Four Companies To Advance Commercial Capabilities 
Four U.S. companies selected from an initial field of 18 will get easier access to NASA resources under unfunded Space Act agreements designed to smooth the path for development of commercial capabilities that the space agency can use as it maps a human path to Mars.
Revived Kepler Finds A Planet 

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has detected its first exoplanet since it started operating with only two of its four reaction wheels functioning, validating the “K2” workaround that uses pressure from solar photons to hold its lock on nearby stars long enough to measure the faint dimming caused by transiting planets.

Cost, ‘Extensibility’ Questions Delay Asteroid Mission Decision 

NASA has delayed an expected decision on whether to bring a small asteroid or a boulder from a larger one into lunar orbit for astronauts to study, citing questions about whether the estimated $100 million more the second option would cost would be worth the technology gained for future human missions on the path to Mars.

Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot said Dec. 17 the decision likely will be delayed until early next year, in time to support a mission concept review (MCR) at the end of February. 

Revived Kepler Finds A Planet 
NASA’s Kepler space telescope has detected its first exoplanet since it started operating with only two of its four reaction wheels functioning.
Cost, ‘Extensibility’ Questions Delay Asteroid Mission Decision 
Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot said Wednesday the decision likely will be delayed until early next year, in time to support a mission concept review (MCR) at the end of February.
NASA Seeks Space Power-Beaming Ideas 
The request for information lists several generic possibilities, including beaming power between orbiting spacecraft, from an orbiting spacecraft to a “planetary asset,” and between fixed and mobile assets on a planetary surface.
Antares Upgrade Will Use RD-181s In Direct Buy From Energomash  8
Orbital Sciences Corp. will buy directly from Russia’s NPO Energomash a new rocket engine with a long heritage to replace the surplus Russian engines tentatively implicated in the Oct. 28 failure of an Antares launch vehicle with a load of cargo for the International Space Station.
Deep-Space Navigation Experiment Going to ISS 
NASA’s New Horizons Pluto probe is awake and getting ready to fly past the Solar System’s icy outlier and its moons next summer
 
Blogs
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 1

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Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 13

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015
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Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015
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Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015
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RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More
Jan 20, 2015
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The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 1

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More

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