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 Ramps Up For Crew Dragon Demo Flights  8
A challenging timetable has SpaceX running at top speed on preparations for upcoming flights to the International Space Station with the Crew Dragon, the human-rated version of the company’s cargo-carrying Dragon spacecraft.
Boeing Handling Setbacks As It Completes Commercial Crew Vehicle  7
The company must complete a rigorous series of tests this year and next to begin collecting fares in 2018 under its five-year, $4.2 billion NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Capability deal.
Companies Cranking Up Commercial Crew Program Training  2
The initial group of astronauts selected to fly on commercial missions to the International Space Station are providing input about human-factors engineering to Boeing and SpaceX.
NASA Commercial Crew Program Moving Into Test Phase  2
The space agency is pleased with the progress of the post-space-shuttle commercial approach to developing the spacecraft that will allow it to begin flying astronauts from U.S. soil again.
NASA Plans Satellite-servicing Spinoff To Industry  1
NASA engineers will regularly brief U.S. companies on their progress in developing techniques for on-orbit satellite servicing, hoping to spin the technology off into the private sector as quickly as possible.
NASA Sets ‘Level Playing Field’ For Satellite-Servicing Spinoffs 
NASA expects to issue an RFP on or about May 25 for a spacecraft bus to support the “Restore-L” free-flying satellite-servicing testbed.
Moon vs. Mars Debate Heating Up In U.S.  95
While the U.S. is pushing for low Earth orbit commercialization as an impetus for deep-space exploration, others see a lunar polar base as a better bet.
JWST Testing With Integrated Instruments To Begin 
Workers are preparing more than $2 billion worth of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) elements for a rigorous integrated-testing schedule that will continue until shortly before launch in the fall of 2018.
World View Offers Long-term Stationkeeping With High-altitude Balloons 
World View says its “Stratolite” concept can keep communications, Earth observation, weather and other payloads over a single spot for as long as six months.
Russia Inaugurates Siberian Cosmodrome With Soyuz Launcher 
Russia kicked off operations at its new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia early Thursday with a multi-satellite launch on a Soyuz vehicle from a new pad that closely mimics the venerable “Start-1” site in Kazakhstan that orbited Sputnik-1 and Yuri Gagarin.
SpaceX, NASA Will Collaborate On ‘Red Dragon’ Mars Landing  47
SpaceX and NASA wrapped up 16 months of behind-the-scenes negotiations Tuesday with an unfunded Space Act agreement to cooperate on sending an unmanned Dragon crew capsule to the surface of Mars as early as 2018.
Commercial Crew Ops Drawing On UAV Precedents 
Astronauts preparing for commercial flight crew operations in private spacecraft say the human-in-the-loop autonomous procedures that take them to the International Space Station (ISS) will be similar to the way UAVs are flown today.
Space Entrepreneurs Need A ‘Giant Leap’  9
There’s a renaissance in spaceflight innovation, but a leap is needed for it to reach the financial tipping point and close the business case for the off-planet economy.
Emerging Nations Get Some Advice On Going To Space  1
Cash-strapped South and Central American nations gain valuable insight into establishing space opportunities on their home turf.
Reusability Race Sparking Commercial-Space Boom  6
NASA is encouraging commercial ventures to take control of low Earth orbit research and even profitmaking, sparking a space commercialization boomlet.

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