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Canada Narrows List of Astronaut Candidates

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Credit: CSA

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On December 1, 2016, the Canadian Space Agency published the latest numbers on Canada’s 2016 astronaut recruitment campaign.

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CSA Awards Contract to Carre Technologies for Astroskin System

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Astroskin – A smart shirt for space (Credit: CSA)

LONGUEUIL, QC, Oct. 21, 2016 (CSA PR) — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding a new contract to Carré Technologies of Montreal, Quebec, to continue advancing technology on Astroskin, an innovative bio-monitoring system for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Consisting of a “smart shirt” and related software, Astroskin will collect valuable scientific data on astronauts’ vital signs, sleep quality and activity levels during their missions. Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will test Astroskin during his six-month mission aboard the ISS in 2018-19.

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“Astroskin is a perfect example of how our government works with small, innovative, Canadian businesses on space technologies that lead to commercial versions for use by Canadians.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Astroskin may have many applications on Earth, such as medical monitoring of those confined to their homes by illness, people living in remote areas with limited medical access, and those working in hazardous environments. It is another in a long list of space technologies brought down to Earth for all of us.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“Our team is proud of the role we are playing to support human space travel. One day, thousands of space travelers bound for Mars will need simple reliable medical systems to ensure their health. Deploying our wearable sensors and software to the ISS is significant as this represents the ultimate remote patient monitoring scenario. The findings from tracking the health of astronauts will be used to make our healthcare system more accessible and support new home care and telemedicine services.”

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO and co-founder, Carré Technologies

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Canadian Technology Launched Aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

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This is an artist's concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Meaney

This is an artist’s concept of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Meaney)

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — The Government of Canada recognizes the valuable contributions of the nation’s researchers as they continue to explore new frontiers in science. Today, Canadian-built technology launched on board a NASA spacecraft that is en route to a mysterious asteroid named Bennu. The OSIRIS-REx launch occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:05 p.m. EDT and was attended by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. She was joined on site by Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Dr. Erick Dupuis, the CSA‘s Director of Space Exploration Development.

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CSA Receives Nearly 3,800 Astronaut Applications

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The Canadian Space Agency received nearly 3,800 applications from citizens who want to be astronauts.

OSIRIS-REx Tech: Mapping an Asteroid with Lasers

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Video Caption: The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) will provide a three-dimenional map of asteroid Bennu’s shape, which will allow scientists to understand the context of the asteroid’s geography and the sample location. OLA is provided by the Canadian Space Agency in exchange for Canadian ownership of a portion of the returned asteroid sample.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space flight Center/Katrina Jackson

ESA Euronews: Canada’s Robot Masters

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Video Caption: Robots are an essential companion to mankind in space, and many of the modern-day masters of these robots are to be found in Montreal, home to the Canadian Space Agency.

Euronews Space has unique access to the team, among them operations engineer Mathieu Caron, who can steer the Canadarm 2 directly from his control room, or instruct astronauts piloting it in space.

This video is available in the following languages:

English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizQJ…
German https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ES9…
French https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA110…
Italian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NGg1…
spanish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzGZH…
Portuguese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeFFC…
Hungarian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKjQh…
Greek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUqP2…

CSA Awards MDA Multiple Space Exploration Contracts

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mda_logoRichmond, BCMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts from the Canadian Space Agency with a combined total value of CA$1.7 million.

MDA will provide:

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Getting to Upmass: A Dragon’s Tale

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A Station that Needs Everything
A Scrappy Startup Contracted to Ship 35.4 Metric Tons of It
Ought to be Easy Enough, Right?

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The International Space Station (ISS) is not exactly a self-sufficient outpost. The station’s occupants can’t jump into a Soyuz and pop over to an orbiting Wal-Mart when they run out of food, water or toothpaste. Everything the six astronauts need to survive — save for the random plastic wrench or replacement part they can now 3-D print — must be shipped up from the majestic blue planet 400 km below them.

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Canada Recruiting New Astronauts

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CSALONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — Have you ever wanted to go to space? The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wants you!

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Minister responsible for the CSA, launched Canada’s fourth astronaut recruitment campaign. The CSA is seeking the next generation of space explorers to pave the way for potential future space missions.

The Agency is accepting applications from June 17 to August 15, and expects to announce selected candidates in Summer 2017. This next class of Canadian astronaut candidates will start their training at NASA in August 2017.

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David Saint-Jacques Next Canadian to Fly to Space Station

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LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — Today the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), announced that Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques has been assigned to a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Mr. Saint-Jacques will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket in November 2018 to join an international crew onboard the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 58/59 will be the first mission for David Saint-Jacques and will mark the 17th space flight for the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

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CSA Awards $2 Million to UrtheCast for OptiSAR Constellation

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urthecast-logoVANCOUVER, April 13, 2016 (UrtheCast PR) — UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”) today announces that will be awarded a technological Contribution Agreement (“CA”) of $2.0 million from the Space Technologies Development Program (“STDP”), implemented by the Canadian Space Agency (“CSA”).

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MARROW: Bone Marrow and its Cells in Microgravity

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SAINT-HUBERT, Quebec (CSA PR) — MARROW studies the mechanisms behind the effects of immobility. Its subjects are astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS). On Earth, discoveries will be used to combat the effects of physical inactivity and improve the rehabilitation of bedridden patients, those with reduced mobility, and seniors.

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AIAC Praises Boost in Canadian Space Station Spending

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OTTAWA, Ont., March 22, 2016 (AIAC PR) – Today the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) congratulated the federal government on including a significant commitment to Canada’s ongoing participation in the International Space Station in its first federal budget, which was tabled this afternoon in the House of Commons. The budget also announced important initiatives regarding innovation and the creation of a new defence strategy.

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CSCA Calls for Increased Federal Spending on Space Program

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csca_lofoTORONTO (CSCA PR) — The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is calling for an increase in funds to Canada’s space program, and that the government follow through with the commitment it made during the election to work with stakeholders on a Long Term Space Plan. The 2016 Canadian budget needs to recognize Canada’s space program as a national priority, a driver for innovation, and an avenue for creating jobs.

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Canadian Astronauts Train in Europe

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CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)

CSA astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques in the Columbus simulator with ESA instructor Frank Lautenschlaeger, on January 18, 2016. (Credit: ESA/Sabine Grothues)

COLOGNE, Germany (CSA PR) — The International Space Station (ISS) is a busy laboratory for an assortment of science experiments and technology demonstrations. At any one time, the Station’s rotating crew of six astronauts are responsible for the success of an ever-changing lineup of 200 experiments, whose investigators hail from more than 30 countries.

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