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Jason Davis is a digital editor for The Planetary Society. He writes about the world's space exploration missions and the Society's science and technology projects.

Upgraded LightSail Software Completes First Round of Flight Testing

Jason Davis • January 26, 2016 • 2

LightSail has completed its first round of flight testing. The spacecraft is now armed with new software that will transmit almost three times as much health and status data back to Earth than it did during last year's test flight.

NASA Could Choose Mars Human Landing Site during next Presidential Administration

Jason Davis • January 22, 2016

The place NASA intends to the land the first humans on Mars could be selected during the next presidential administration, according to the agency’s planetary science division director, Jim Green.

Planetary Deep Drill Successfully Chews through Field Test

Jason Davis • January 20, 2016 • 1

Late last year, a small team from Honeybee Robotics went to a gypsum quarry to test Planetary Deep Drill, a technology prototype designed to chew tens—and eventually, hundreds—of meters beneath icy planetary surfaces.

SpaceX Successfully Launches Ocean Satellite but Breaks a Leg on Drone Ship

Jason Davis • January 17, 2016

The Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite reached orbit today, but SpaceX's third attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship came up short.

NASA Adds Dream Chaser Spacecraft to ISS Cargo Roster

Jason Davis • January 15, 2016 • 4

NASA is adding a miniature space shuttle to its fleet of commercial spacecraft capable of ferrying cargo to the International Space Station.

Two Astronauts to Make Friday Trek to Edge of Space Station

Jason Davis • January 13, 2016

This Friday, astronauts Tim Kopra and Tim Peake will perform a spacewalk to replace a failed power regulator on one of the outermost sections of the International Space Station.

SpaceX Set for Sunday Sea Satellite Launch, Booster Recovery Attempt

Jason Davis • January 12, 2016 • 2

SpaceX is set to launch a sea level-monitoring satellite from the California coast this Sunday, while attempting to land the rocket's spent first stage on a floating drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

New Budget Bolsters NASA's Journey to Mars Plans

Jason Davis • January 08, 2016 • 16

The recently passed omnibus spending bill directs NASA to work on a new upper stage for the Space Launch System, and begin development on deep space habitat modules.

Recovered Falcon Booster in Good Shape, Ready for Testing

Jason Davis • January 04, 2016 • 1

The used rocket booster SpaceX flown back to Cape Canaveral for an upright landing is undamaged and ready to be test fired, said company CEO Elon Musk.

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