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.

Early Manned Moon Shot Possible, But Is It Worth It?  23
The Trump administration’s space agency transition team, NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are all working on various approaches to a crewed Moon flyaround.
NASA Options Soyuz Seats From Boeing 
NASA has inked a $373.5 million deal with Boeing that includes options for three more seats on Russia’s Soyuz vehicle for missions to the International Space Station.
With Time Running Out, Space-debris Removal Picks Up Steam  26
Space-debris mitigation is getting more attention as companies prepare to launch thousands of new smallsats into low Earth orbit, where the environment is already filling up with dangerous space junk.
SpaceX Says It Can Beat NASA To Moon  105
SpaceX has two paying customers for a lunar flyaround, and will try to send them on their way before the end of 2018, founder Elon Musk said Feb. 27.
Record Exoplanet Find May Hasten Search For Life  25
The discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a relatively close star may accelerate the search for biosignatures beyond the Solar System as new telescopes come online.
Hardware Not Only Risk Factor In Human Spaceflight  28
The change in administration means change in the spaceflight community. There will be risks.
NASA May Add Crew To First SLS/Orion Flight To The Moon 
Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, in coordination with the White House, has ordered a study of what it would take to put astronauts on the first flight of the Orion crew capsule around the Moon, a mission currently scheduled for next year.
Scientists Look To GPS Sensors For Forecasting Dangerous Solar Storms  7
A major solar event knocked out telegraph service in 1859, so imagine what a direct solar storm hit on Earth would do to our wired economies today.
University Advances Role As Colorado's Aerospace Hub 
The University of Colorado (CU) Boulder is taking advantage of a large gift and an ambitious new dean of engineering to help focus the state’s aerospace industry as a growing U.S. center for spaceflight innovation.
Orbital ATK Sues To Halt Darpa’s Satellite Servicing Program 
Orbital ATK has filed a lawsuit against Darpa to halt a program it alleges would unlawfully subsidize the creation of a commercial competitor to the satellite servicing capability it is developing with private investment.
FAA Awaiting Static Test Before Clearing Next Falcon 9 

Engineers at FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) want to see how a Falcon 9 test on Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center works out before clearing the SpaceX launcher for its first flight from the historic pad.

George Nield, associate administrator for commercial space transportation, said Wednesday there are a number of procedural issues as well with the first use of the leased NASA facility for a commercial mission.

NASA’s Big Rocket Gets Two Big Endorsements 
NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System picked up a pair of potentially significant endorsements on Feb. 7.
Hosted Payload To Help Climate Science And Fossil-fuel Industry  1
Data from the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory also is expected to help researchers aid governments in meeting carbon-reduction goals as well as farmers.
SpaceX Faces ‘Cliff’ Of Work To Human-rate Falcon 9  85
Boeing will use the tried-and-true Atlas V to launch its commercial crew vehicle, but SpaceX has some hurdles getting its Falcon 9 human-rated.
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