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.

SpaceX’s Ambitious Plan Does Not Stop At Mars  13
Elon Musk outlines plan to build a transportation system to create a self-sustaining human “civilization” on Mars and make mankind a “multiplanet species.”
FAA Proposes ‘Lunar Marketplace and Swap Shop’ 
There is growing interest in the idea of a “Moon village” on the lunar surface, and the FAA is willing to act as a sort of virtual cooperative for potential lunar villagers.
SNC Teams With UN To Get Developing Nations To Orbit 
Sierra Nevada Corp. and the UN have signed an agreement to develop an unmanned mission to take experiments supplied by developing nations to orbit on the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.
Podcast: Reality Check on Musk’s Mars Plan 27
The transfer of propellant, the budget and the effects of long stays in space are still challenges facing SpaceX’s dazzling proposal. They are achievable, though, Dan Dunbacher, a Purdue University professor and former NASA official tells Aviation Week’s Frank Morring.
Long-Duration ISS Missions Will Test Deep-space Exercise Gear 
NASA is contemplating more long-duration visits to the International Space Station, including some by women, to collect data for eventual human missions to Mars.
Astronaut Vision Issues Revive Simulated-G-load Study  77
Artificial gravity for spacecraft had been largely abandoned as unnecessary, but it is making a comeback as a result of impaired vision issues.
SpaceX: We’ll Take You to Mars For $100,000 Per Seat  137
SpaceX is spending “10s of millions” of company funds on an ambitious architecture to fulfill founder Elon Musk’s dream of setting up a self-sustaining human “civilization” on Mars.
China Offers Lunar Relay As ISS Partners Work Toward Mars Plan  25
The vice administrator of the China National Space Administration said the relay spacecraft designed to communicate with the planned Chang’e 4 lander on the Moon’s far side would also be available to international users operating there.
LOX-Tank Helium ‘Breach’ Implicated in SpaceX Explosion  21
Investigators examining the Sept. 1 pad explosion have found evidence of an apparent rupture in the helium system used to pressurize the upper-stage liquid oxygen tank.
Nuclear Thermal Rocket Stage Seen Costing ‘Ones of Billions’ 
Development of a deep-space propulsion system that uses hydrogen superheated by a nuclear fission reaction for highly efficient in-space propulsion could move rapidly with enough funding and industry cooperation, according to Todd May, director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
Senate Bill Would Push NASA Plans Through Presidential Transition 
The Senate committee that authorizes NASA spending adopted bipartisan language on Sept. 21 that would require the next president to maintain the status quo on major NASA exploration programs, at least initially.
Commercial Crew-SLS Combo Seen As Enabler For Lunar Outpost 
A pair of longtime lunar exploration advocates say NASA can set up a permanent water-mining base at one of the Moon’s poles with an innovative adaptation of the agency’s planned heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) and advanced commercial crew vehicles.
Space Benefits Touted To Cash-Strapped European Politicians  3
New head of Germany’s DLR space agency and her colleagues across Europe lobby for money to fund future projects.
Mowry Leaves Arianespace For Blue Origin 
Clay Mowry, who has headed the U.S. subsidiary of Arianespace for the past 15 years, is leaving the company to set up a Washington office for Blue Origin.
Surplus Shuttle Engines Key To Space Exploration  52
Despite SpaceX and Blue Origin’s advances on reusable engines, the 16 old space shuttle engines are the only way right now to power flight crews into space.

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