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.

New Tool For Space Exploration: Onboard 3-D Printer
Challenges abound, but off-planet manufacturing can expedite exploration
Space Historian Examines Public-Private Partnerships 
Commercial space is the wave of the past
What Awaits Human Mars Explorers? 

The surface of Mars is the most ambitious target for human explorers in the foreseeable future, given the state of technology, funding and political will today, according to a U.S. National Research Council study team that examined the issue over the past year and a half.

Cygnus Seen As Deep-Space Cargo Vehicle 
Commercial cargo-carrier upgrade could ship supplies to deep space
Orion Design Changing En Route to Mars 

No doubt there was a lot of eye-rolling at NASA headquarters back in May when the Government Accountability Office faulted the agency for its lack of rigor in estimating life-cycle costs for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). Certainly no one there who wants to see the big booster built is eager to draw attention to its price tag. But no one knows the costs of SLS or any of the other hardware NASA needs to fulfill its mandate to explore space.

What Spaceflight Planning Can Teach Us On Earth
Life support in space holds lessons for the Earth
Satcom Firms Look To Adapt Systems For Mars 
U.S. satellite, sensor manufacturers will study applications that take their technology to Mars
NASA Testing Large Composite Hydrogen Tank 
Out-of-autoclave hydrogen cryotank could trim costs, boost performance
Entrepreneurs Smell Profits In Low Earth Orbit 1
Flight-Control advances promise big savings
2016 Balloting Will Shape Exploration For Decades 
U.S. voters will determine spaceflight future in 2016
New Role For ISS: Deep-Space Testbed 
International Space Station partners are beginning to discuss expanding use of the orbital outpost to test “extensible” technology for the long trek to the surface of Mars, with a new pressurized module and year-long tours for as many as a dozen crew members among the topics under consideration.
New Racks To Promote Payloads 

NanoRacks and Astrium North America are preparing to deploy a $5 million privately funded accommodation for commercial payloads outside the International Space Station, as the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (Casis) continues its effort to promote commercial activities on the orbiting laboratory.

Answers To ‘Why Explore Space?
‘Rationales’ for human space exploration run from the scientific to survival
Next Steps On The Pathway to Mars 13
Mars is the near-term exploration goal; here are some of the hurdles in the way
Unmanned Probes Blaze Trail For Humans
Fleet of planetary probes is paving the way for humans to Mars, and pushing deeper
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