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Jason Davis

Digital Editor

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Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He covers the Society's LightSail program. He also reports on human and commercial spaceflight. 

Davis holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in science writing and digital publications. He was a NASA Space Grant graduate fellow, and produced a 35-minute documentary film called Desert Moon. The film is narrated by former astronaut Mark Kelly. It examines planetary scientist Gerard Kuiper and the origins of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, as well as the lab's contributions to the Apollo moon landings.

He grew up in the small city of Fairmont, West Virginia. His interest in spaceflight dates back to 1988, when he watched space shuttle Discovery's STS-26 return-to-flight mission following the Challenger accident. He recalls playing a videocassette of the launch over and over, memorizing countdown and ascent procedures. He was a student in West Virginia University's mechanical and aerospace engineering program, before changing majors to graduate with a bachelor's degree in management of information technology.

Davis worked as an IT consultant for several years in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he created a spaceflight blog called Astrosaurus, and began writing about human spaceflight for The Planetary Society. He entered graduate school at the University of Arizona School of Journalism in 2012. There, he published astronomy and planetary science stories in the Arizona Daily Star and Green Valley News. He was also the creator and editor of two interactive iPad magazines, Scientific Tucsonan and SkyView

Davis lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife Jessica and daughter Marian. Space and family occupy most of his time, but he also enjoys following Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.

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BEAM expanded and pressurized: Your news, commentary and tweet roundup

Posted 2016/05/28 11:18 CDT | 0 comment

BEAM is expanded and pressurized! The International Space Station's newest module, which will serve as a technology demonstrator for in-space expandable habitats, was fully filled with air this afternoon.

Three-peat! SpaceX sticks another drone ship landing

Posted 2016/05/27 06:03 CDT | 7 comments

SpaceX continued its impressive string of first stage recoveries today, sticking a Falcon 9 drone ship landing during the successful launch of THAICOM 8, a communications satellite.

With retry scheduled tomorrow, NASA and Bigelow say BEAM will work—it's just a question of when

Posted 2016/05/27 03:44 CDT | 0 comment

NASA will try again tomorrow to expand BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. During a press teleconference this afternoon, officials said they were confident the module was going to expand—it's just a question of when.

Space station module expansion called off after BEAM doesn't budge

Posted 2016/05/26 10:58 CDT | 1 comment

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace weren't able to get the space station's newest module up and running this morning. Another attempt could come as early as Friday.

Tomorrow morning, watch a new space module inflate—er, expand

Posted 2016/05/25 01:03 CDT | 2 comments

NASA is set to fill a new space station module called BEAM with air Thursday morning. But does BEAM inflate, or expand?

Mostly smooth sailing in San Luis Obispo: LightSail 2 completes day-in-the-life test

Posted 2016/05/24 02:41 CDT | 3 comments

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft breezed through a major systems test today, demonstrating the CubeSat can successfully deploy its antenna and solar panels, communicate with the ground, and unfurl its 32-square-meter solar sails in space.

Shuttle tank caps 41-day journey with trip through streets of Los Angeles

Posted 2016/05/22 01:51 CDT | 1 comment

After a 41-day journey marked by stormy seas, a trip through the Panama Canal and a rescue off the Baja California coast, the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank has arrived at its new home here in Los Angeles.

On LightSail 1 launch anniversary, team prepares successor craft for day-in-the-life test

Posted 2016/05/20 06:32 CDT | 1 comment

One year ago today, LightSail 1 rode an Atlas V rocket into space. Now, the program stands on the brink of another major milestone, as engineers prepare for a full systems test of LightSail 2, a successor CubeSat that will attempt the first controlled solar sail flight in low-Earth orbit.

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