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Jason Davis is a journalist and digital editor for The Planetary Society, writing about human spaceflight, LightSail and the space stories that matter most.

Scientists play with fire aboard trash-filled cargo spacecraft

Jason Davis • June 14, 2016 • 1

This afternoon, NASA started a fire aboard a trash-filled cargo spacecraft, but it was all in the name of science. Engineers at the agency's Glenn Research Center are studying how large-scale fires spread in space.

LightSail 2 will transmit Morse code from space, and you can make the sound your ringtone

Jason Davis • June 10, 2016 • 2

The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 (.-.. / ... / ..---) spacecraft will identify itself from orbit using Morse code, and you can make the sound your ringtone.

Take a look inside the station's new expandable module with astronaut Jeff Williams

Jason Davis • June 06, 2016

BEAM, the International Space Station's new expandable habitat module, is open for business. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka entered the module at 4:47 a.m. EDT (9:47 UTC) this morning.

Follow a space shuttle tank through LA with this timelapse video

Jason Davis • June 03, 2016

This timelapse video follows some of the space shuttle external tank's 19-hour journey from Marina del Rey to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

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

Jason Davis • May 28, 2016

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

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.

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