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.

NASA Turning To Smallsats For Earth Science 
Earth scientists using NASA spacecraft are turning to small satellites as funding lags for larger platforms.
Earth Science Seen Lagging At NASA Despite Demand 
NASA and its congressional funders are not keeping pace with the demand for space-based data on Planet Earth, the NASA inspector general’s office reports.
NASA Completes Integration Of Webb Telescope 
Completion of the business end of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) keeps it on track for launch in October 2018, according to program managers.
NASA Works To Maximize Space Launch System Operations  5
New NASA facility will simulate SLS launch loads, while planners study flight tests for secondary payloads.
Making The Shift From Expendable To Reusable Launchers  25
Using rockets over and over like airplanes can hold down launch costs, but it will take a lot of launches to overcome the cost and weight penalties.
Recycling Launcher Tanks— Including SLS—As Crew Habs  2
The huge friction-stir-welded propellant tanks just coming off the new Space Launch System (SLS) production line in New Orleans could be a source of structure for future space habitats.
Cubesats On First SLS Mission Setting The Stage For Europa 
The 13 CubeSat-class spacecraft set to ride piggyback on the first flight of NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System will serve as pathfinders for future unmanned missions into deep space on the big new rocket, including a Europa mission as early as 2022.
How China Is Launching Its Big Move Into The Orbital Economy  3
The Chinese seem to be following in the footsteps of their former Soviet allies, developing a space presence that could lead to low-Earth-orbit commercial possibilities.
NASA Keeping Nuclear-thermal Option Open For Mars  58
Nuclear-thermal propulsion could be an option for travel to Mars, but more work is needed.
New SLS Upper Stage Will Have ‘Kits’ For Flexibility 
NASA and Boeing kicked off negotiations this week on a contract for the Exploration Upper Stage designed to take the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) from a 70-ton lift capability to 105 tons on its second flight as early as 2021.
Latest Chinese Manned Space Mission Marks Step Toward Station  5
The rendezvous and docking of Shenzhou-11, a manned mission launched on Oct. 17, with the Tiangong-2 orbiting laboratory relied on improved technology.
Podcast: In Space, International Cooperation Counts 7
Missions tend to fare better when countries share information and technology. That certainly appeared to be the case last week - from Russia's Soyuz launch , to China's Shenzou mission, Antares's return to flight, and a rocky landing on Mars.
Real Work Underway To Keep Mars Travelers Alive  27
First on the international space station, then in cislunar habitats, NASA is set to begin researching human survivability for travel to Mars.
Orbital ATK’s Antares Returns To Flight  2
NASA’s faltering commercial-spaceflight endeavor enjoys a spectacular return to flight of the Orbital ATK Antares launcher laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS).
Antares Returns To Flight After Two-year Grounding  8
Orbital ATK’s Antares launch vehicle has returned to flight two years after a spectacular liftoff explosion en route to the International Space Station with a load of supplies.
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