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 Foundation: Global Space Industry Holding Steady 
Telecommunications, broadcasting and Earth observation continue to dominate the global space economy, but new technologies and services have the potential to take a larger place at the table, according to the latest report on space industry developments published by the Space Foundation.
Smallsats Could Help Predict Solar Storms 
A coronal mass ejection could be particularly devastating in today’s globally wired world. Scientists advocate research into solar storms with smallsats at the forefront.
Curiosity To Image, Possibly Sample, Potential Mars Water Sites  7
Two small features on Mars’s Mount Sharp are targets for observation with Curiosity’s MastCam camera as part of the quest to determine whether there is life on the planet.
Billionaires Pushing the Envelope in Launcher Reuse 
Space-launch startups Blue Origin and SpaceX continue to take advantage of their owners’ deep pockets to advance the state of the art in reusable vehicles, with back-to-back test attempts over the past week to recover launchers after they had delivered payloads to suborbital space.
Juno Closes In For July 4 Orbital Insertion At Jupiter 
Controllers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are bracing for 35 min. of terror as the $1.1 billion Juno mission spacecraft enters polar orbit over Jupiter on July 4.
SpaceX Orbits Two Satellites, Loses Falcon Stage On Hard Landing 
One of three engines firing to slow the stage’s descent to SpaceX's unmanned landing barge apparently didn’t deliver enough power, triggering a crash, company founder Elon Musk said in a tweet.
Using The Stratosphere As Testing Ground For Space  3
Companies selling commercial rides to the stratosphere on high-altitude balloons hope the burgeoning economy in low Earth orbit needs a leg up to space.
Small Spacecraft Seen Aiding Space Weather Forecasts 
Forecasting costly and potentially deadly high-energy solar storms could improve with the deployment of small-spacecraft constellations, some experts say.
NASA Resumes Astronomy Balloon Flights From Texas 
An upcoming demonstration flight at NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) in Palestine, Texas, will mark the agency’s first use of the site since 2009.
NASA Deal Gives Dream Chaser A Shot In The Arm  6
With its selection as a third cargo carrier in NASA’s second-round Commercial Resupply Services competition, Sierra Nevada Corp. is pushing Dream Chaser into the international marketplace.
Pioneering Commercial Space Advocate Patricia Smith Dies 
Smith shepherded the rise of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry, drafting licensing and safety regulations while providing freedom to innovate.
ISS Cargo Contract Helps Dream Chaser’s Marketing 
Sierra Nevada Corp. is using its multi-billion-dollar NASA contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) as a marketing starting gun aimed at selling its Dream Chaser lifting-body vehicle for missions all over the emerging low Earth orbit economy and beyond.
Commercial Vehicles Opening To Suborbital Research  4
Progress in reusable suborbital space flight hastens the day when researchers can study the transition zone from gravity to its absence.
Pioneering Commercial Space Advocate Patricia Smith Dies  1
Smith shepherded the rise of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry, drafting licensing and safety regulations while providing freedom to innovate.
Blue Origin Picked To Fly NASA Suborbital Experiments  3
The Blue Origin New Shepard reusable suborbital launch system has joined NASA’s stable of rides to space and near-space for experiments under its Flight Opportunities Program.

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