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.

Commercial Crew Vehicle Choice Will Lead To Flight-Testing 
How to flight-test a crew space capsule
Cubesat Advances Attract Scientists, Entrepreneurs 
Tight government budgets and commercial potential drive tiny spacecraft to powerful capabilities
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Smartphone Advances Drive Smallsats 2
Developments in consumer electronics are shaping fast small-satellite production
Small Space Payloads Face Shortfall In Rides 
Rides to orbit lagging smallsat development
Operational Hosted Payloads Clear Big Government Hurdle
Adoption of a catalog procurement mechanism puts hosted payloads on the horizon
Surrey Opens Second Testbed For Hosted Payloads 
The U.S. unit of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will make space available on an SSTL-150 bus to be launched in mid-2016 for third-party hosted payloads as a relatively inexpensive way to demonstrate systems in low Earth orbit.
New Tool For Space Exploration: Onboard 3-D Printer 2
Challenges abound, but off-planet manufacturing can expedite exploration
Space Historian Examines Public-Private Partnerships 
Commercial space is the wave of the past
What Awaits Human Mars Explorers? 

The surface of Mars is the most ambitious target for human explorers in the foreseeable future, given the state of technology, funding and political will today, according to a U.S. National Research Council study team that examined the issue over the past year and a half.

Cygnus Seen As Deep-Space Cargo Vehicle 
Commercial cargo-carrier upgrade could ship supplies to deep space
Orion Design Changing En Route to Mars 

No doubt there was a lot of eye-rolling at NASA headquarters back in May when the Government Accountability Office faulted the agency for its lack of rigor in estimating life-cycle costs for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). Certainly no one there who wants to see the big booster built is eager to draw attention to its price tag. But no one knows the costs of SLS or any of the other hardware NASA needs to fulfill its mandate to explore space.

What Spaceflight Planning Can Teach Us On Earth
Life support in space holds lessons for the Earth
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