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.

Israeli Deal Keeps Google Lunar X-Prize Alive 
The Google Lunar X-Prize was set to expire at the end of this year unless at least one of the competitors contracted for a launch first.
In-Space Habitat Module Next Step For NASA  6
U.S. space exploration planners say the next big piece of human hardware needed on the road to Mars is a modular habitat that could be stationed near the Moon and visited by early manned Orion capsule missions.
NASA May Fly Habitat With First Orion 
NASA is studying a modular habitat that could be stationed near the Moon.
What Comes After The International Space Station?  33
Scientists, engineers and human spaceflight visionaries will gather in Jerusalem on Oct. 12 to ponder where to go in the Solar System after the International Space Station, how to get there and who will make the trip.
Google Lunar X-Prize Deadline Extended With Israeli Launch Contract 
A confirmed Israeli launch contract for a “rideshare” launch to the Moon has met the criteria for an extension of the Google Lunar X-Prize deadline until the end of 2017, setting the stage for an international space race for the first private landing there.
States May Gain EPA Ozone Waivers With Satellite Data  1
California, in particular, is sure to feel a strong impact from a new regulation lowering the permissible level of ozone ppb. Satellites can help.
Charon's Canyons  1
Stunning views of Charon in the latest New Horizons imagery from its July 14 flyby of Pluto suggests the large moon—half the size of Pluto—may have been fractured as an internal ocean of water ice froze early in the history of the Solar System.
Nuking Mars Will Not Meet Planetary-Protection Standards  7
Protecting planets in the search for life, and actually searching for it with humans, probably won’t mix.
Uphill Fight For NASA Selling Its Mission To Mars  7
NASA has a hard sell at the International Astronautical Congress with its focus on Mars.
Pluto: Latest Images From New Horizons 1
New imagery of Pluto by the New Horizons probe includes some spectacular shots collected about 15 min. after closest approach.
How To Work In Space For A Year Without Going Crazy  2
Scott Kelly has some tricks for enduring his year-long stay on the space station.
ULA Drops Aerojet Rocketdyne For Orbital ATK Solid-Fuel Boosters 
United Launch Alliance (ULA) will begin using new solid rocket boosters developed by Orbital ATK as early as 2018, in a shift away from Aerojet Rocketdyne as a booster-supplier for its Atlas V and planned Vulcan launch vehicles.
Manned Mission Around Moon Slips Two Years  8
Republican lawmaker says NASA shortchanged itself in delaying the first manned Orion flight.
Old Buildings for New Rockets Take Shape at Cape Canaveral 
Historic space-launch facilities in Florida are getting a private-sector makeover
Podcast: Shakeup in the Space Launch World
For the foreseeable future, national security space launches will keep the United Launch Alliance and enginemaker Aerojet in business. But the outlook down the road is full of change and opportunity, as Blue Origin plans to build a new launch vehicle and test facility in Florida and will team up with ULA on a new Vulcan rocket.

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