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.

XCOR Hot-Fire Tests Piston Pump With LOX, Hydrogen 

XCOR Aerospace has used its unique piston-pump technology to move two cryogenic propellants in a hot-fire test of the XR-5H25 engine it is developing as a pathfinder for a potential advanced upper-stage engine for United Launch Alliance (ULA) in the same class as the RL-10 engine in use today on the Atlas and Delta expendable launch vehicles.

Japan Sending Another Probe To Return Asteroid Samples 
Japan is scheduled to launch Hayabusa-2 on a six-year mission to return samples from the asteroid 1999 JU3. Four landers are designed to explore the C-type asteroid’s surface before the main spacecraft itself touches down for two or three grab-and-go sample harvests.
Orion Flight Test Ready To Take Human Spaceflight Beyond LEO 
Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 a.m. EST Dec. 4 from Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral AFS. The mission begins with liftoff of a Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle carrying a richly instrumented, but unmanned, Orion test article.
Lidar Scanner To Boost ISS Earth-observation role
Cats lidar scanner, to be sent to the ISS by SpaceX, will enable new weather forecasting and environmental observation capabilities
Podcast: First Flight of NASA's Orion Crew Capsule

Aviation Week editors discuss the upcoming first flight test of NASA's Orion crew capsule which will move astronauts a little closer to Mars.

Final SLS Engines Are Still An Unknown 10
NASA’s go-as-you-can-pay approach to exploration-system development means the heavy-lift Space Launch System in development to carry Orion beyond low Earth orbit and eventually on to Mars is very much a work in progress, starting with the engines.
Back-To-Back Spaceflight Failures Were A Coincidence, Not An Indictment 4
The inevitable has happened in the U.S. attempt to move the economy off the planet. That it happened twice in a week is driving a needed element of reality into the endeavor.
Orbital Sciences Maps Antares Failure-Recovery Approach 
Orbital Sciences remained mum on a replacement engine for its ISS cargo carrier last week, but Russian news outlets have identified the new kerosene-fueled RD-193 developed by NPO Energomash as the chosen one.
Podcast: A Terrible Week in Commercial Space 1
Aviation Week editors discuss the failures by Orbital Sciences and Virgin Galactic.
Orbital Drops AJ-26 After Failure, Looking for Alternate Launcher to ISS
Orbital Sciences Corp. plans to re-engine its Antares launch vehicle and use one or two alternate launch vehicles initially to meet its International Space Station resupply commitments to NASA after last week’s launch failure.
Space Station Seen As ‘Priceless' For Exploration Development 11
After astronauts install a special 3-D printer in the ISS’s Microgravity Science Glovebox and set up the high-definition video cameras that will watch its extruder and work platform from two different angles, controllers at a small startup company in California will send signals to begin making things in orbit.
Antares Failure Tightens ISS Deliveries Indefinitely
Contingency planning and the multi-vehicle approach to supplying the International Space Station will mitigate the effects of the worst accident to hit human spaceflight since the Columbia disaster, but not without some belt-tightening and lesson-learning in the months ahead.
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