New kind of space suit being tested in Ottawa

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|

Shawna Pandya, a citizen-scientist astronaut with Project Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere (PoSSUM), goes over some pre-flight prep with Derek Gowanlock on-board a Falcon 20 aircraft at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport before testing an experimental high-altitude spacesuit The next step in testing for a new type of spacesuit is in Ottawa this week, [...]

In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit – Air & Space Magazine

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: News|

Twenty thousand feet above Ottawa, Shawna Pandya floats gently out of her seat and executes a graceful midair swoop. Our Falcon 20 jet is halfway through a series of parabolas, which produce brief periods of microgravity, the classic “vomit comet” flight profile used to train astronauts, give adventurous tourists a taste of space, and film cool [...]

Defying Gravity – Dr Shawna Pandya

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: News|

" Meet Dr. Shawna Pandya, a general physician by profession, whose job titles at times have included runway model, neurosurgical resident, entrepreneur, taekwondo champion and now, citizen-scientist astronaut candidate " By Surbhi Gogia History is witness to superhumans born with gifted powers to acquire multiple academic accolades or excel in their fields at a very young [...]


By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: News|

Everyone—or almost everyone—loves a good origin story. From the New Testament to the neverending deaths of Bruce Wayne’s parents and Peter Parker’s uncle, we’re fascinated by the catalysts, epiphanies, and pivotal moments that make people who they are. With that in mind, Fightland has started talking to our favorite professional and amateur fighters and enthusiasts about [...]

Lees: Edmonton honours local leaders at 22nd annual Women of Vision Celebration

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: News|

She got her first spanking when she was three-years-old and would cross the road to ask neighbours if they’d like to hear her sing. But an undaunted Lesley MacDonald went on to entertain and on Friday a sold-out crowd of 900 attended her 22nd annual Women of Vision Celebration. “The idea is to celebrate women in [...]

Conversations with Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Dr. Shawna Pandya

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: News|

Surrounded by several deities at her uncle's shop in Mumbai, Shawna Pandya, the scientist-astronaut candidate for Projects PoSSUM & PHEnOM tells us of all it takes to be what she is - A doctor, a citizen-scientist astronaut, a taekwondo athlete and more! Don't miss the lovely Hallelujah she sings for us all!

We Are Canada: The people who will help forge our future

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

Ken Dryden on the Canadians who show us what’s possible—and what Canada could be, as we enter its sesquicentennial. Maayan Ziv zips around downtown Toronto. She is in a wheelchair, but that doesn’t matter hugely to her, nor that she has a form of muscular dystrophy, nor that she is young, nor that she is tiny. [...]

Zee News’ DNA | Shawna’s work with Project PoSSUM

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: News|

DNA: Meet Shawna Pandya, the third Indian-origin female space scientist

Here’s What the Next Generation of Space Travellers Might Be Wearing

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|

"They have to deal with pooping inside a pressurized space suit. That's where NASA is spending their money.” With the advent of commercial spaceflight, more people will be travelling into space, and they'll need something to wear. This week, at a lab inside an Ottawa airport, astronaut candidates have been trying on a new prototype of [...]

Meet some of Canada’s keenest astronaut candidates

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: News|

Canadians have a shot at being hired as an astronaut for the first time since 2009. The Canadian Space Agency is accepting applications for two astronaut positions until Aug. 15. The recruitment campaign was announced on June 17. As of July 19, 3,372 Canadians had applied. Over the course of a year, they'll be whittled down to a short list [...]