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Jason Davis' blogs from 2015

Expedition 44 Trio Flies through Solar Panel Glitch, Arrives at Station

Jason Davis • July 22, 2015

A three-person crew is safely aboard the International Space Station following an early morning launch of a Soyuz rocket and spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Europe's Experimental Spaceplane Completes Successful Test Flight

Jason Davis • February 11, 2015

The IXV spaceplane, designed to demonstrate reentry technologies, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean this morning after a successful, 100-minute test flight.

Enhanced Cygnus Arrives at KSC ahead of Atlas V-powered Cargo Run

Jason Davis • October 20, 2015

Orbital ATK is a month-and-a-half away from resuming cargo runs to the International Space Station.

Dropping Orion in the Desert: NASA Completes Key Parachute Test

Jason Davis • August 27, 2015

NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed a key parachute test Aug. 26 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

Dragon Reaches Orbit, but Falcon Stage Crashes on Recovery Ship

Jason Davis • January 10, 2015

SpaceX’s ambitious attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous ocean platform was "close, but no cigar."

Dragon Launches to Station, but Falcon Doesn't Stick Landing

Jason Davis • April 14, 2015

SpaceX's ISS-bound Dragon spacecraft is in orbit, but the drone ship landing of the company's Falcon 9 rocket was unsuccessful.

Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Jason Davis • May 04, 2015

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

Desert Moon, Narrated by Former Astronaut Mark Kelly, Now Available Online

Jason Davis • March 23, 2015

Desert Moon, a 35-minute documentary that tells the story of Dr. Gerard Kuiper and the dawn of planetary science, is now available online.

Deployment! LightSail Boom Motor Whirrs to Life

Jason Davis • June 07, 2015

LightSail's tiny solar sail deployment motor sprung to life Sunday afternoon, marking an important milestone for The Planetary Society’s nail-biting test mission.

Cygnus Arrives at Station, Marking Restart of U.S. Cargo Flights

Jason Davis • December 09, 2015

A Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station this morning, carrying more than three metric tons of critical crew supplies.

Contact! LightSail Phones Home after 8-Day Silence

Jason Davis • May 30, 2015

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test spacecraft reported for duty this afternoon, heralding the end of an uneasy silence caused by a suspected software glitch.

Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins

Jason Davis • January 28, 2015

Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.

Cargo Craft Completes Six-Hour Schlep to ISS

Jason Davis • October 01, 2015

A Russian cargo craft laden with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies arrived at the International Space Station today.

Broken Bottle Strut Likely Doomed Falcon 9 Rocket, Says Elon Musk

Jason Davis • July 20, 2015

The demise of an ISS-bound Falcon 9 rocket last month was likely caused by a broken liquid helium bottle strut, according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Blue Origin to Launch Rockets from Cape Canaveral

Jason Davis • September 16, 2015

Spaceflight company Blue Origin plans to launch its orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company revealed Tuesday.

Blue Origin Lands Spent Suborbital Rocket Stage in Texas

Jason Davis • November 24, 2015

Secretive spaceflight company Blue Origin flew its New Shepard launch vehicle to the edge of space, deployed a suborbital spacecraft and returned the spent booster rocket to Earth for an upright landing.

Bad Weather Fizzles Cygnus Launch Attempt (Again)

Jason Davis • December 04, 2015

A second launch attempt of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the ISS was scrubbed this evening, forcing ground controllers to schedule a third try Saturday at at 5:10 p.m. EST (22:10 UTC).

At NASA's Johnson Space Center, Preparing for the Future of Human Spaceflight

Jason Davis • November 18, 2015

As NASA kicks off a multi-decadal effort to send humans to Mars, the agency's traditional human spaceflight centers have had to adapt to new challenges—often more programmatic than technical.

At Mars Workshop, Science and Human Spaceflight Find Common Ground

Jason Davis • October 29, 2015

An update from NASA’s First Human Landing Sites/Exploration Zones on Mars Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

After Weather Cooperates, Atlas Rocket Launches Cygnus Cargo Craft to ISS

Jason Davis • December 06, 2015

It took four tries for the weather to cooperate, but on Sunday afternoon, a Cygnus cargo spacecraft loaded with 3.3 metric tons of critical crew supplies launched toward the International Space Station.

A Kilometer Per Day: LightSail Mission Managers Refine Orbit-Raising Plan

Jason Davis • September 04, 2015

LightSail will spiral away from Earth by about one kilometer per day, according to the latest orbital estimates by Georgia Tech's Space Systems Design Laboratory.

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