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.

Advances In Lightweight Composite Tanks For Launchers 5
A key NASA technology goal poses problems in the construction of lightweight propellant tanks.
NASA Materials-Science Experiment To Fly On Next X-37B 
Researchers studying how various materials perform in long-duration exposure to the space environment will get a ride on the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B reusable unpiloted spaceplane’s next flight, NASA said May 6.
Partisan Politics Endangers Space Program  29
Bickering between Republicans and Democrats over global warming issues may jeopardize funding for NASA’s climate-monitoring missions
Saudi Arabia Buys Into Lockheed Martin Satellite ‘Refresh’ 
Lockheed Martin, responding to market changes, is merging its military and commercial satellite manufacturing operations while upgrading the A2100 bus.
Draper Lab Designing Spacesuit To Give Astronauts A Sense Of ‘Down’ 
The suit Draper is developing would give space crews physical cues to help them feel an arbitrary direction – toward one side of a module, for example – in place of the sense of “down” they receive from gravity on the ground.
Bolden Warns Moon Base Would Divert Focus On Mars 
“I am one who believes that if your goal becomes the Moon, and you say you want to go on to Mars from there one day, then one day never comes,” the NASA administrator says.
House Republicans Take Shot At NASA’s Earth-Science Programs 
Lawmakers on the House Science Committee took a deep divot out of NASA’s Earth-science budget request April 30 in what Democratic members of the Republican-controlled panel called an “ideological” attempt to thwart research into the human causes of climate change.
Blue Origin Notches Partial Success In First Flight Of New Shepard 
The suborbital human spacecraft rose to an altitude of 307,000 ft. over West Texas on April 29, with a “perfect” first developmental flight of the crew capsule, but loss of the reusable cryogenic booster to a hydraulic system failure.
New Horizons Delivering Pluto Imagery With Better Resolution Than Hubble 2
A camera aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has started generating tantalizing views of Pluto rotating on its sharply tilted axis, presenting patches of bright and dark material as it spins around a pole that appears to be covered with a cap of ice.
Hall-Thruster Experiment Set For Next X-37B Mission 
Set to launch on an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral on May 20, the fourth flight of the mysterious X-37B testbed will include a Hall-thruster experiment designed to test modifications to the AEHF satellite thrusters that are designed to improve performance.
Sierra Nevada Continues To Push Its Dream Chaser  2
Sierra Nevada is using its deep pockets to keep the Dream Chaser mini-space shuttle alive while it looks for paying customers.
Missions, New Spacecraft Reflect Spaceflight ‘Churn’ 
Certainly there is a new space race underway, just as there was 50 years ago. This time the goal is profits—and the skilled workforces that can generate them—although national prestige remains important, too.
JPL Mars Study Seen Backing NASA’s Long-term ‘Evolving’ Plan 
A Mars-exploration architecture conceived at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an exercise to keep its engineers on the cutting edge can help garner support for NASA’s open-ended “Evolving Mars” approach to sending humans to the Red Planet, according to the JPL official who ordered the study.
Habitats Could Be NASA’s Next Commercial Spacecraft Buy 11
NASA is spending a little money to see if cargo carriers for the ISS can be “evolved” into crew habitats for deep-space exploration.
NASA IG Finds Plum Brook Test Facilities Underused, Ripe For Downsizing 
Many of the unique test facilities at NASA’s Plum Brook Station near Cleveland have gone for years without being used, and the agency could save on the cost of their upkeep if managers develop a plan for shutting them down, the NASA Inspector General (IG) has concluded after an audit.
Special Topics
May 22, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015

Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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