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.

Elon Musk Plans Rapid Shift To ‘Flight-proven’ Falcon 9s  66
For SpaceX, 100-flight reuse Falcon 9s, providing a hundredfold in savings, is on the company’s active agenda.
Commercial Zipline Gear Aids Boeing CST-100 Human Rating  22
Boeing has adapted amusement park zipline technology to the emergency egress system on its CST-100 commercial crew vehicle.
SpaceX Reflies Falcon 9 First Stage For Paying Customer  43
Elon Musk achieved a major step toward his goal of lowering the cost of space launch March 30 with the successful relaunch and recovery of a “used” Falcon 9 first stage on a commercial orbital mission.
Cassini’s Long Goodbye To Saturn  22
The $3.2 billion U.S./European Cassini probe is scheduled to drop into Saturn’s cloudy atmosphere on Sept. 15, bringing down the curtain on a 13-year tour of a planetary system with so many moving parts it almost rivals the Solar System in complexity.
Cassini Nears The End Of A 13-Year Saturn Exploration 
The probe’s mission will finish with a spectacular plunge into Saturn’s clouds, after a wistful look back at our “pale blue dot.”
Flight-hardware SLS Engine Controller Tested At Stennis 
Engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center hot-fire tested an RS-25 developmental rocket engine for the heavy-lift Space Launch System March 23 with an upgraded electronic controller intended to help lift an Orion capsule toward a flight around the Moon.
Planet’s Plans Hinge On Multiple Launchers 
With 100 small satellites soon to begin full-up operation as a commercial Earth-observation constellation, Planet has learned a number of valuable lessons.
Ideology, Not Reality, Drives Trump NASA Cuts  87
Trump administration’s views on climate change may curtail NASA Earth-observation satellite missions.
Managers Say Orion Can Be Ready For Crew In 2019 
Lockheed Martin engineering managers in charge of developing the Orion crew capsule for NASA say the vehicle planned for an unmanned three-week mission in lunar orbit next year could be ready for an eight-day lunar flyaround with two astronauts on board before the end of 2019.
2017 Lifetime Achievement Laureate: Former NASA Chief Charles Bolden
Charles F. Bolden, a U.S. Marine Corps aviator, NASA astronaut and the 12th administrator of the U.S. space agency, is the 2017 recipient of the Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Award.
How Soon Should We Set Off For Mars?  138
A debate that began with the Obama administration is continuing under Trump: when to head for Mars and how to leverage cislunar efforts toward that goal?
Podcast: Satellite 2017 — The Wild West in Space 1
Blue Origin’s New Glenn is one among many launch companies that will lend a hand to companies eager to send spacecraft into orbit in a market where technological change can be faster than the pace of production. Listen in as our editors discuss the key takeaways from this week's Satellite 2017 conference in Washington, D.C.
Executives Say Stability Key To Commercial Space  4
NASA, other stakeholders still pursuing ideas for commercial enterprises in space, which have so far proven elusive.
Bezos Goes For ‘Operational Reusability’ With New Glenn  3
Amazon founder and Blue Origin owner says the concept for reusable launch vehicles will grow the launch industry to a “new equilibrium.”
‘Distant Worlds’ Are Too Far; Lunar Landing Is Another Story  58
While building a lander to put humans on the Moon and elsewhere looks possible in 4-5 years, the financial commitment needed to do so is much less certain.
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