Frank Morring, Jr.

Frank Morring, Jr.
Senior Editor, Space,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Frank retired in June 2017. Prior to his retirement he was a Senior Editor at Aviation Week and has been a journalist for 44 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. 

 

Articles
Spaceflight Takes Off And Takes A Bow At Paris Air Show  1
From the big rockets for human spaceflight to the swarms of tiny cubesats revolutionizing data and bandwidth, the space economy is making a name for itself.
NASA Decides Not To Fly Crew On First SLS Mission  1
A NASA review team has concluded it will be too risky and costly to put a crew on the first flight of the heavy-lift Space Launch System.
SLS Tank Dome Damaged In Michoud Mishap 
A large piece of qualification hardware for NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System was damaged May 3 in a “Class B mishap” at the Michoud Assembly Facility.
New Horizons Team Prepares For Another Flyby  8
Nuclear-powered probe on track to get closest look yet at Kuiper Belt Object.
Technology In Works To Find Extraterrestrial Life  32
Whether it is found in our Solar System or another one, discovery of another life form will mean we are not unique in the universe, and probably not even rare.
Gemini Software Heritage Shaping Human Spaceflight Today  11
Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser uses guidance, navigation and control techniques first developed for astronaut flights in the 1960s.
With Or Without Crew, NASA Slipping EM-1 Into 2019  29
Exploration Mission-1, NASA’s planned first flight of its heavy-lift Space Launch System and Orion deep-space crew capsule, won’t make its target launch date of November 2018.
Tianzhou 1 Finalizes Second Stage Of Chinese Manned Space Plan  2
Tianzhou is most like the Japanese HTV cargo craft used to supply the ISS. Tianzhous will burn up on reentry, unlike the similar-sized SpaceX Dragon.
NASA Preparing Coordinated Search For Extraterrestrial Life 
NASA’s associate administrator for science is overseeing an effort to shape ongoing agency programs to line up with a renewed emphasis on discovering extraterrestrial life.
Private Funds Are An Old Tradition in U.S. Space Exploration  13
Economist and NASA adviser’s new book puts the billionaire space investors in a different perspective.
Reusable Thrusters Cleared For Boeing Commercial Crew Capsule 
Aerojet Rocketdyne has demonstrated a reusable hydrazine monopropellant thruster it prepared for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew capsule.
Hubble And Juno Give Brilliant New Views Of Jupiter  3
The Hubble Space Telescope continues to observe Jupiter 27 years after it was launched, and the solar-powered Juno probe is providing unprecedented detail as it orbits the planet.
China Launches Robotic Space Station Resupply Craft  3
Chinese engineers declared the launch of their nation’s first space freighter a success on April 20.
China Prepares Another Step Toward Own Space Station  8
Chinese human-spaceflight managers are ready to launch their nation’s long-awaited robotic cargo vehicle to the Tiangong-2 orbital outpost.
Spaceflight Key In Big Data’s $1 Trillion Economic Impact  2
Silicon Valley garage startup can update its imagery of every spot on Earth, every day.
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