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.

Space Station Continues To Impart Valuable Lessons 
Sustaining the ISS is an ongoing challenge that creates new problems and spurs creative solutions.
NASA Takes Cautious Path With Next New Horizons Goal 
New Horizons probably will aim for a tiny object 1 billion mi. past Pluto in an extended mission.
NASA Advisory Panel Wants More Info On Progress Failure 
A panel of outside experts who advise NASA on International Space Station (ISS) operations says the risk of using a new version of Russia’s Soyuz launch vehicle to orbit Progress cargo carriers may be “unacceptable."
New Horizons Team Picks Kuiper Belt Object To Explore 
NASA has picked a Kuiper Belt Object object designated MU69 for a high-speed pass by New Horizons in January 2019.
Arizona State Building Cubesat To Map Lunar Water 
NASA has picked a third cubesat proposal for a piggyback ride to lunar orbit with the first flight of the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), testing whether the growing capabilities being developed for the tiny spacecraft can serve its space-science needs.
Tests Clear Way For Hot-Firing Flight SLS Main Engines 
The full-duration test in the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi completed work to characterize the reusable engine’s performance at the higher thrust levels, higher inlet pressures and lower temperatures the flight engines will experience in the first SLS mission.
Falcon 9 Failure Review: NASA Says SpaceX Isn't Getting Special Treatment  5
Republican lawmakers have questioned whether SpaceX is receiving special treatment in NASA’s oversight of the two commercial launch providers, but NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that is not the case.
Progress Made In Assembly-Free Space Structure Field 
Silicon Valley startup is investigating using additive manufacturing techniques to enable fabrication of large structures in space that would collapse under their own weight on Earth
GPS Pressed Into Service For Hurricane Tracking  3
The Southwest Research Institute is working on a set of eight microsatellites designed to improve hurricane tracking by measuring GPS signals reflected off the ocean surface beneath the gathering storm.
NASA Works Through Space Station Resupply Lessons 
Delivery of 9,500 lb. of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) Aug. 24 aboard Japan’s unpiloted HTV-5 cargo-carrier Kounotori has restored most of the six-month stash of food, water and equipment NASA likes to keep on board, but the U.S. agency’s initial plan for commercial resupply has gone through some major changes in the face of operational reality.
Company 3D Prints In Vacuum Simulating Space 

Made In Space, a Silicon Valley startup that has worked with NASA to flight test additive manufacturing on the International Space Station, has produced test coupons in a vacuum chamber using 3D printing techniques it hopes to use someday to manufacture large  structures in space that could not be made on the ground.

Smallsats Will Use GPS For Hurricane Forecasting 
Set for launch in October 2016 on an Orbital ATK Pegasus, the $150 million Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (Cygnss) constellation is intended to give forecasters faster updates on ocean-surface wind speeds than is possible today.
Proposed Lunar Mine Could Pull Space Commerce Outward  27
Can water at the Moon’s poles provide rocket fuel for human exploration deeper into the Solar System?
A Tangled History: NASA, Nazis And Civil Rights  28
A pair of new histories reveals little-known details about the interaction of the U.S. space program and the civil rights movement in the South.
Planets, Water Offer Enticing Scientific Promise  7
In searching for life beyond Earth, scientists are continuing a human trait scientists believe was genetically set in ancient Africa.

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