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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, trying to spread the PB&J (passion, beauty & joy) of space exploration.

Three-peat! SpaceX sticks another drone ship landing

Jason Davis • May 27, 2016 • 10

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

Jason Davis • May 27, 2016

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

Jason Davis • May 26, 2016 • 1

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

Jason Davis • May 25, 2016 • 2

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

Jason Davis • May 24, 2016 • 7

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

Jason Davis • May 22, 2016 • 1

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

Jason Davis • May 20, 2016 • 1

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.

Pictures and video: After dramatic sea rescue, shuttle tank berths safely in San Diego

Jason Davis • May 16, 2016

Two-and-a-half days after a dramatic sea rescue, the tugboat crew hauling a space shuttle fuel tank to California bid farewell to some unexpected passengers last night in San Diego.

Tugboat hauling shuttle tank to California rescues passengers of sunk fishing vessel

Jason Davis • May 13, 2016

The crew of the tugboat hauling the last unflown space shuttle external fuel tank to California reports they have rescued four passengers from a fishing boat that sunk off the coast of Mexico.

All the way to orbit: After 35 years, is the RS-25 still the Ferrari of rocket engines?

Jason Davis • May 09, 2016 • 21

The RS-25 powered the space shuttle for three decades, and will soon be used on the Space Launch System. Is it still the Ferrari of rocket engines? A deep dive on performance, reliability and the politics of rocket science.

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