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.

NanoRacks, NASA Set Stage For Commercial ISS Airlock 
NASA has entered an unfunded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NanoRacks to attach a private airlock on the International Space Station (ISS).
What Happens When Someone Builds A ‘Hitler Robot?’  29
Future times are upon us, with everything from advanced data analysis to robots gone rogue discussed at the opening of The Washington Post’s new conference center.
NASA Gets Slight Increase as Fiscal 2017 Spending Bill Advances 
Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee handed NASA a $223 million increase in its $19.5 billion spending bill for fiscal 2017 Tuesday, generously funding NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion deep-space exploration vehicles.
Orbital ATK Looks To Moon As It Prepares For LEO  2
Technicians at Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport erected an Antares first stage outfitted with two Russian RD-181 rocket engines.
Bolden Expects To Sign ATC Accord With China This Year 
NASA is likely to enter an agreement with China late this summer aimed at collaborating on improvements to the Asian nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system.
NASA Chief Expects To Sign ATC Accord With China This Year 
NASA is likely to enter an agreement with China late this summer aimed at collaborating on improvements to the Asian nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system.
Orbital ATK Readies Antares For Return To Flight  11
If all goes as planned, Orbital ATK will resume commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station with Antares this summer.
NASA Planning Lunar-orbit Habitat Ground Tests in 2018  2
Human-exploration managers at NASA hope to begin ground-testing a prototype habitat in 2018 for eventual use by Orion-vehicle astronauts in orbit around the Moon.
Mars-Water Discovery Driving Human Exploration Plans  10
NASA is using data it has collected from orbit and the Martian surface to seek “exploration zones” that encompass all of the features that would make up a successful human mission—a safe landing zone near water supplies that could be mined for oxygen and rocket propellant.
Solar Electric Propulsion Seen As Key To Mars Water Search 
Industry proposals due May 23 could lead to a Mars orbiter launched in 2022 that could help NASA find near-surface ice deposits to support a “semi-permanent” human base in an area that could also sustain life or fossil evidence that it once existed.
Can Elon Musk Patent Mars?  43
NASA stands to gain plenty for itself by helping SpaceX get to Mars. An amended Space Act Agreement makes clear the agency can use whatever it learns to land its own vehicles on Mars, it just can’t share it with any of SpaceX’s competitors.
Podcast: NASA-backed Private Spacecraft Programs 2
As the International Space Station approaches the end of its service life, NASA is supporting Boeing and SpaceX efforts to build commercial crew vehicles that can take crew to the ISS and later commercial space stations. Listen is as our editors discuss those efforts.
Boeing Slips First CST-100 Flight With Astronauts Into 2018 
Problems with vehicle weight, integration with its Atlas V launch vehicle and new software requirements have pushed the first flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle into 2018, the company said Wednesday.
NASA Outlines Mars 'Red Dragon' Deal With SpaceX  59
NASA on Red Dragon Mars mission: “This is a technology demonstration of what we consider to be one of the most critical technologies for us to get humans to Mars.”
NASA Outlines Mars Deal With SpaceX  6
NASA expects to spend “on the order of $30 million” helping SpaceX send a modified Dragon vehicle to the surface of Mars in the 2018 planetary launch window.

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