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.

NASA Will Buy At Least 6 More Soyuz Seats 
Testifying before the House Science space subcommittee Friday, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s human spaceflight chief, said he expects those seats will cost about 9% more than the $76 million each the U.S. agency paid most recently.
New Earth-Science Missions Beginning To Generate Climate Data 
A series of five Earth-monitoring satellites launched by NASA over the past year is beginning to move from calibration to data-taking in ways that suggest they will enhance researchers’ understanding of how the planet’s climate is changing.
Pete Worden Retiring As NASA-Ames Director 
A retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general with a long background in space, Worden has managed the U.S. space agency’s outpost in California’s Silicon Valley since May 2006.
Sen. Cruz Says He Will Follow 2010 Space Compromise 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apparently will leave his tea party activism to other venues as he takes up the helm of the subcommittee that oversees the U.S. civil space program, opting instead to keep NASA focused on the ongoing public and private spacecraft-development programs hammered out between Congress and the White House.
MMS Mission Will Study Magnetic Reconnection In Orbit 
Complex constellation of four spacecraft will characterize what happens when magnetospheres collide.
Antares Failure Review Still ‘Weeks’ Away
To fulfill its NASA contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the company says it is on track with plans to use a United Launch Alliance Atlas V to lift its next Cygnus pressurized cargo carrier to the station this fall.
Spacecraft To Study What Happens When Magnetospheres Collide 
Scientists believe the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (MMS) mission could improve space-weather forecasting.
Lockheed Martin Rejiggering A2100 Production for Cost, Schedule Gains 
Upgrades to Lockheed Martin’s workhorse A2100 satellite bus are reflected in a shrinking footprint on the ground, as the company consolidates its production facilities to meet a goal of cutting the cost of the spacecraft by 35% and delivery time by 25%.
Companies Developing Training For New Human Spacecraft 4
In the future, most astronauts will select themselves, largely on the basis of their ability to buy a ticket.
Orion Test Data Will Shape Production Vehicle For 2020s 
Results from the first spaceflight test of NASA’s Orion crew capsule will drive the design of the production version of the vehicle that prime contractor Lockheed Martin hopes to build through the 2020s and beyond.
Time To Start Planning For Post-ISS Era 
NASA’s human-spaceflight chief urges the private sector to start preparing to replace the ISS with a commercial space station.
Darpa Contractor Marketing Payload-Hosting With ‘Satlets’ 
NovaWurks has already booked a Sun-synchronous mission on a Spaceflight Inc. Sherpa rideshare platform for the third quarter of this year to demonstrate its Hyper-Integrated Satlet (HISat) concept for the Phoenix program.
Lessons From Shuttle Can Help Commercial Crew 6
Hard-won data from 30 years of space shuttle missions can shape the design of next-generation human spacecraft in areas ranging from vehicle reuse to helping crewmembers survive an accident.
Lawmakers Cite Need For Commercial Satellite Weather Data 
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), chairman of the environmental subcommittee, said the nation can ill afford lapses in weather-satellite coverage. "Instead of continuing down the path of large government-owned satellites that are prone to cost overruns and delays, we must look outside the box for new methods of providing essential weather data," he said.
SpaceX Sends Dscovr to L-1; First-stage Landing Attempt Scrubbed 18
A satellite conceived by then-Vice President Al Gore 17 years ago as a real-time whole-Earth imager, and later converted to an early warning "buoy" for solar storms, is on its way to its parking spot 1 million mi. from Earth after launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9.
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 1

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U. S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 2

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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