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

"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 a commercial spacesuit, giving [...]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Meet some of Canada’s keenest astronaut candidates

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 of 200, then 40 [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments – Cool Careers: Shawna Pandya

Want to meet a real life superstar? Let us introduce you to Dr. Shawna Pandya - a medical doctor AND a citizen science astronaut. Who would have thought you could have not just one but TWO amazing careers? We talk to Shawna who tells us where her passions lie- hope she inspires you as much as she does us!

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Doctor Cosmonaut: Shawna Pandya

It takes a lot of hard work to make it into space, and that’s only Shawna Pandya’s side job. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TELUS Optik Local supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments


The Right Stuff (That’s What Teammates Are)

November 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Team photo post-flight - 2017 Microgravity Campaign, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada (Photo credit: Adrien Mauduit) As I wait for clearance to tell you exactly what we were up to earlier this month [...]

New kind of space suit being tested in Ottawa

October 3rd, 2017|4 Comments

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 [...]

In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit – Air & Space Magazine

September 19th, 2017|4 Comments

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 [...]

Defying Gravity – Dr Shawna Pandya

September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

" 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 [...]


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