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.

Articles
ULA’s Vulcan Rocket Embraces Reusability, New Upper Stage 9
This new rocket is the company’s path to substantially reduce its cost to launch — a critical factor as the company’s monopoly over national security launches is eroding — and compete against SpaceX.
Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook
Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.
Blue Origin Passes Big Hurdle To Start Of Passenger Flights 
Blue Origin plans to begin autonomous flight tests later this year with the reusable New Shepard suborbital human spacecraft it will power.
Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Pushes GPS Navigation Envelope 
The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) has received GPS signals at an altitude of 70,000 km, well above the GPS constellation’s 20,200-km operational altitude, and has generated navigation solutions there based on the GPS signals.
NASA Taking Its Time On Next Mars Architecture 
Human-exploration planners at NASA are in the midst of a detailed new look at what it will take to get humans to Mars, using an “evolvable-Mars” approach that defers some key decisions to avoid getting locked into technology that could become obsolete before it is needed.
New Approach Cuts Cost Of Sending Humans To Mars  9
A new concept puts Mars in reach with today’s NASA budget. The trick is a stop in Martian orbit, and a flight-test landing on Earth’s Moon.
Blue Origin Plans To Start Suborbital Flight Test This Year 2
Blue Origin has completed acceptance flight tests of its cryogenic BE-3 deep-throttle engine, and plans to begin autonomous flight tests with the reusable New Shepard suborbital human spacecraft it will power later this year.
Workshop Sees Humans In Mars Orbit By 2033 At Current Funding 1
Workshop co-chairs said a fast start now could put humans into a yearlong stay in Mars orbit by 2033, and down on the surface by 2039.
NASA Picks A Dozen Deep-Space Technologies For Exploration 
Human exploration planners at NASA have selected 12 projects the U.S. space agency will pursue with public- and private-sector funds to advance some of the technologies that will be needed to move astronauts beyond low Earth orbit (LEO).
Investors Bullish On Pending LEO Economy 3
Smallsats in low Earth orbit have captured the interest of deep-pocket investors who see new technologies and applications offering substantial returns.
Opinion: Shuttle-Decision History Shows Need For Transparency  3
John Logsdon’s Nixon-tape transcripts show how the decision to build the space shuttle was derailed by dishonesty.
Russia’s New Space Czar Wants Broader Cooperation  2
Russia may be open to Chinese participation in future space collaboration.
Bolden Says New Roscosmos Chief May Want To Cooperate With China 1
In a question-and-answer session after a speech to the Aero Club of Washington, the NASA Administrator stressed that NASA is “the only federal agency with a congressional prohibition against bilateral activities with China,” and said he and the new head of Roscosmos have not discussed future cooperation with the only other nation that has launched humans into space.
Aviation Week's Lifetime Achievement Recipient: David Thompson
Aviation Week has presented a lifetime achievement award to David Thompson, President & CEO of Orbital Sciences.
Podcast: Space Industry At An Inflection Point 1
Aviation Week editors discuss how private sector money and technological advances are revolutionizing space telecom.
 
Blogs
Apr 28, 2015
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When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993) 1

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Ready, Willing and Abe

Asia-Pacific watchers agree – there’s a lot riding on this week’s U.S. visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....More
Apr 27, 2015
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Looking Ahead, And Back, At U.S. Airline Profits (1959)

Predictions of potential U.S. airline record earnings were made by Aviation Week 56 years ago....More
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More

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