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
Investors Bullish On Pending LEO Economy 
Smallsats in low Earth orbit have captured the interest of deep-pocket investors who see new technologies and applications offering substantial returns.
Aviation Week's Lifetime Achievement Recipient: David Thompson
Aviation Week has presented a lifetime achievement award to David Thompson, President & CEO of Orbital Sciences.
Podcast: Space Industry At An Inflection Point 1
Aviation Week editors discuss how private sector money and technological advances are revolutionizing space telecom.
NASA Modifies Next Soyuz Buy To Mesh With U.S. Commercial Crew Vehicles 
U.S. astronauts could be flying to the International Space Station (ISS) on Russian Soyuz capsules as late as the end of 2020, under a modification in NASA’s previously announced plans to procure six more Soyuz seats as a backup to the U.S.-built commercial crew vehicles now under development.
NASA IG Warns Cart May Precede Horse In Ground Systems for SLS/Orion 
NASA’s inspector general has warned the agency that it may be moving too fast on developing the ground infrastructure for launching its planned heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule.
U.S. Government Seeks Ways To Bypass Cold War Space Secrecy 
Budget realities and better software may be thawing the U.S. government’s resistance to “non-traditional” space sensors to augment the high-priced systems it has developed and fielded over the years.
Future Space Telescopes Will Be Even Bigger Than The Webb 1
Technology for the James Webb Space Telescope may be applied to follow-on observatories with almost twice the aperture.
Sierra Nevada Unveils Unmanned Cargo Variant Of Dream Chaser
Sierra Nevada Corp. will use folding wings and a pressurized/unpressurized “cargo trailer” with the Dream Chaser Cargo System it has entered in NASA’s second-round competition for unmanned vehicles to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).
Sierra Nevada Unveils Unmanned Cargo Variant Of Dream Chaser 14
Sierra Nevada Corp. will use folding wings and a pressurized/unpressurized “cargo trailer” with the Dream Chaser Cargo System it has entered in NASA’s second-round competition for unmanned vehicles to deliver cargo to the International Space Station.
A Flock Of Commercial ISS Cargo Birds 1
At least five companies are eagerly awaiting an expected NASA announcement June 10 of the winners in the second round of bidding for commercial cargo deliveries to the ISS.
Virgin Galactic Sees Boom In LEO Smallsat Market 
Virgin Galactic has started hot-fire testing its latest Newton hydrocarbon-fueled rocket engines for the planned LauncherOne space-launch vehicle,
Atlas V Orbits Constellation Designed To Study Magnetic Reconnection 
Controllers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are beginning a complex set of 44 deployments on four scientific spacecraft launched late March 12 to study what happens when clouds of space plasma collide with an explosive release of energy.
‘Jupiter’ Space Tug Could Deliver Cargo To The Moon 50
Lockheed Martin wants to use ISS as a commercial springboard to the Moon and beyond.
Orbital ATK Tests Five-Segment Solid-Fuel Booster 
Solid-propulsion engineers are evaluating data from the static test of a five-segment solid-rocket booster designed to boost NASA’s planned Space Launch System heavy lifter off the pad when it begins moving human explorers beyond low Earth orbit.
Private Company Eyes Commercial Space Station Airlock 
NanoRacks is planning a commercial airlock on ISS to ease traffic crunch in Japanese module.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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