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.

Boeing, SpaceX Prepare For First Crew Flights To ISS 
NASA and its commercial crew partners open up about their plans, now that the legal hurdles have been cleared.
Dawn Closes In To Orbit Ceres 
Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have reached into their bag of tricks to keep NASA’s solar-propelled Dawn probe in good shape to enter orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, its second stop in the main asteroid belt.
Orion Flight-Test Reentry Temperatures Cooler Than Expected  1
Test-flight data for the Orion crew capsule heat shield will be important in the redesign process.
ISS Offers Earth-Observation Advantages 
Thanks to relatively abundant power, improved data links and a unique orbit, the ISS is an attractive vantage point for instruments designed to study Earth. Researchers are taking notice.
‘Better-Than-Hubble’ Dawn Images Of Ceres Due Soon 
The German-built Framing Camera on NASA’s Dawn asteroid-belt probe could deliver its first images of the dwarf planet Ceres as early as this week that have a resolution better than has been achieved with the Hubble Space Telescope.
Gazarik Leaving NASA For Ball Aerospace 
Michael Gazarik, the first head of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, will leave the agency at the end of February to become the director of Ball Aerospace’s Office of Technology.
Opportunity’s Odyssey
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached its highest point on the surface of Mars, after almost 11 years and 25.8 mi. of solar-powered roving.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Cranking Up Expendable SSME  5
Early work is underway on an expendable version of the space shuttle main engine, which will power the heavy-lift Space Launch System.
Orion Heat Shield Flew Cooler Than Expected 
Before the two-orbit Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) on Dec. 5, engineers had expected temperatures on the capsule’s heat shield to reach almost 4,000F. But thermocouples buried below the surface of the 16.5-ft.-dia. protective shield registered only about 3,500F.
NASA, NOAA Report 2014 Hottest Year On Record 
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by human activity made 2014 the warmest year on record, NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Friday.
Le Gall: Premature To Judge SpaceX Reusable-launch Efforts 
SpaceX is likely to succeed soon in its plan to fly back a Falcon 9 first stage for eventual reuse, but that doesn’t mean the California company is on the verge of disrupting the space launch industry, according to Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of France’s Center National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).
New NASA Bird Will Map Soil Moisture 
The three-year, $916 million SMAP mission will give weather forecasters in agricultural regions an early warning signal for drought and allow better near-term flood warnings.
Shuttle Engine Tested For Heavy-lifter Application 
Test engineers at NASA’s Stennis Space Center have kicked off testing of surplus Space Shuttle Main Engines for use in the heavy-lift Space Launch System.
Sierra Nevada Vows To Continue Dream Chaser Development  6
Despite its failure to thwart NASA’s selection of Boeing and SpaceX for commercial crew vehicles, Sierra Nevada will proceed with development of Dream Chaser.
Soil Moisture Mapping Spacecraft Set For Jan. 29 Launch 
An innovative orbiter that will combine active and passive microwave sensors to produce high-resolution global maps of topsoil moisture every two to three days is set for launch from Vandenberg AFB, California, on Jan. 29.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 3

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More

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