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Jacob "Jake" Branson was the captain of the colonization spacecraft USCSS Covenant. He was the husband of Daniels. He was in command for the Covenant's disastrous voyage to Origae-6, during which it suffered several catastrophes that resulted in the loss of most of the ship's crew and its hijacking by David.
Branson was killed when the Covenant was damaged by a stellar ignition shock wave; his hypersleep pod malfunctioned and he was trapped inside and incinerated.
Branson was appointed captain of the USCSS Covenant. Branson talked with his second mate Oram and the ship's pilot Tennessee about space's beauty. Branson was the first to go into cryosleep, citing the cause as a fever.
While the Covenant made its journey, a neutrino storm damaged the ship and sealed Branson's pod shut. While Ankor and Daniels tried to release Branson from his pod, the pod was flooded with smoke before catching fire, killing Branson. Branson's burned, dead, body would later be jettisoned into space as a funeral.