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.

JWST Testing With Integrated Instruments To Begin 
Workers are preparing more than $2 billion worth of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) elements for a rigorous integrated-testing schedule that will continue until shortly before launch in the fall of 2018.
World View Offers Long-term Stationkeeping With High-altitude Balloons 
World View says its “Stratolite” concept can keep communications, Earth observation, weather and other payloads over a single spot for as long as six months.
Russia Inaugurates Siberian Cosmodrome With Soyuz Launcher 
Russia kicked off operations at its new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia early Thursday with a multi-satellite launch on a Soyuz vehicle from a new pad that closely mimics the venerable “Start-1” site in Kazakhstan that orbited Sputnik-1 and Yuri Gagarin.
SpaceX, NASA Will Collaborate On ‘Red Dragon’ Mars Landing  41
SpaceX and NASA wrapped up 16 months of behind-the-scenes negotiations Tuesday with an unfunded Space Act agreement to cooperate on sending an unmanned Dragon crew capsule to the surface of Mars as early as 2018.
Commercial Crew Ops Drawing On UAV Precedents 
Astronauts preparing for commercial flight crew operations in private spacecraft say the human-in-the-loop autonomous procedures that take them to the International Space Station (ISS) will be similar to the way UAVs are flown today.
Space Entrepreneurs Need A ‘Giant Leap’  7
There’s a renaissance in spaceflight innovation, but a leap is needed for it to reach the financial tipping point and close the business case for the off-planet economy.
Emerging Nations Get Some Advice On Going To Space  1
Cash-strapped South and Central American nations gain valuable insight into establishing space opportunities on their home turf.
Reusability Race Sparking Commercial-Space Boom  6
NASA is encouraging commercial ventures to take control of low Earth orbit research and even profitmaking, sparking a space commercialization boomlet.
Grunsfeld: SLS/Spacewalkers Could Build Space Telescopes 
Astronauts can assemble observatories with apertures as large as 20 meters from large components delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS), according to Hubble servicing veteran John Grunsfeld.
Northrop Sets Sights On Phase 2 Of Darpa’s XS-1 Spaceplane  3
Northrop Grumman is finalizing its XS-1 design, with a major review scheduled before work starts on preparing the Phase 2 proposal to Darpa.
Podcast: Commercializing Space - From LEO to Mars
As Senior Space Editor Frank Morring says, companies are looking for "pots of gold" in space. That gold could come from commercial efforts that would extend the life of the International Space Station or to mine water from the Moon. Civilian space agencies might benefit as well—working with each other to reach the Moon and ultimately charting a path to Mars. Frank joins Mark Carreau and Jen DiMascio at the annual space symposium in Colorado Springs and discuss the latest efforts to explore—and profit from—outer space.
Investor Interest In Space Business Growing 
2015 was record-breaking, with $2.7 billion available in investment and debt financing for space ventures.
U.S. Government Sees Need For Satellite-Servicing Standards 
Space-policy panelists at the annual Space Symposium here used the nascent satellite-servicing industry as an example of the problems that arise when technology outstrips government oversight and regulation.
Smallsat Concept Could Change The Game At Europa  5
Deploying “ChipSats” could significantly alter the face of missions to seek signs of life on Jovian moon Europa—and other planetary research.
Blue Origin’s Bezos: ‘More The Merrier’ In Space Access 1
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sees the cost of orbiting payloads as the missing link blocking an Internet-like boom in commercial space.

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