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.

Articles
Habitats Could Be NASA’s Next Commercial Spacecraft Buy  1
NASA is spending a little money to see if cargo carriers for the ISS can be “evolved” into crew habitats for deep-space exploration.
NASA IG Finds Plum Brook Test Facilities Underused, Ripe For Downsizing 
Many of the unique test facilities at NASA’s Plum Brook Station near Cleveland have gone for years without being used, and the agency could save on the cost of their upkeep if managers develop a plan for shutting them down, the NASA Inspector General (IG) has concluded after an audit.
Caltech, Northrop Grumman Hope To Lower Space Solar Power Cost 
Northrop Grumman will contribute as much as $17.5 million over three years to the California Institute of Technology for space solar power (SSP) development work.
NASA Wants More Time to Review Second-Round Commercial Cargo Bids 
Source-selection officials at NASA have delayed awarding the second set of contracts for commercial cargo delivery to the International Space Station “to allow additional time to evaluate proposals.”
Space-Component Manufacturers Turn To 3-D Printing 
Given budget pressures, space industry increasingly using additive manufacturing to make components more flexibly and at lower cost
Surrey Satellite Technology’s U.S. Unit Gaining Traction 
With one satellite in house here, another on the way, and plans afoot for new spacecraft conceived on the path-finding model of its U.K. parent, Surrey Satellite Technology U.S. is taking root in fresh soil.
GOP Lawmakers Say NASA Slights Space For Climate Change Research 
NASA is spending too much of its tight budget on Earth science missions and not enough on space exploration, according to House Republican lawmakers who also faulted the U.S. space agency on its most ambitious new exploration program.
Next ESA Chief Sees Many Uses For Far-side ‘Moon Station’ 
Human explorers would find many uses for an international “Moon station” after the International Space Station is shut down in the coming decade, says Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
NovaWurks Finds a Commercial Application for its Satlets 
NovaWurks has entered a commercial agreement with a Canadian startup to build a 40-satellite constellation of optical platforms using the mass-produced “satlets” it is developing with funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency under Darpa’s Phoenix satellite-recovery project.
ULA Aims To Lower Launch Costs With Vulcan Rocket 
The company is striving to keep average cost of a new Vulcan rocket under $100 million as it preps for competition against SpaceX.
Robots Will Extend Human Explorers’ Capability 3
Asteroid-mission development will shape human/machine teaming for exploration.
NASA Wants Ride Back To Moon 
NASA doesn’t currently plan to return astronauts to the surface of the Moon, but it would be willing to accept a ride down from cislunar space on a vehicle provided by its international partners to enrich preparations for a human landing on Mars.
New Horizons Ready To Encounter Pluto 
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is in “perfect health” for its July 14 flyby of Pluto and its five moons, according to its mission team.
NASA’s Next Mars Mission Taking Shape For Launch In 2016 
NASA’s next Mars lander is on track to meet its March 2016 launch date, as Lockheed Martin technicians here put the finishing touches on the Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft.
Rocket Lab Unveils Battery-Powered Turbomachinery 7
Preparations are underway to begin testing a small-sat launcher dubbed Electron that would use the turbomachinery and other innovations to hold the cost per mission below $5 million.
 
Blogs
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005)

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 4

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More

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