Global Woman of Vision: Shawna Pandya

Physician, astronaut, black belt, entrepreneur — Shawna Pandya is constantly reaching for the stars. For the multi-talented Shawna Pandya, excelling in one field isn’t enough — she has a list of accomplishments in fields from medicine to space science to martial arts. “I’m kind of a person who is like a jack of all trades,” says Pandya. However, she stresses [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Project Poseidon 100-Day Undersea Expedition Names Crew

The SeaSpace Exploration & Research Society has selected the aquanaut crew and dive team for Project Poseidon, an unprecedented 100-day undersea research expedition at the Aquarius undersea laboratory. Owned and operated by Florida International University, Aquarius is the world's only operational undersea laboratory, making it a very unique research platform, that enables aquanauts to live, eat, sleep, and conduct research [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Twenty Minutes In Space

A local doctor will train for years — mentally, physically and emotionally — for the chance at a trip to space that could impact our knowledge of climate change.   The plane was about to take off as Shawna Pandya, an Edmonton doctor, listened to the debriefing. But it wasn’t your typical “the emergency doors are located near the wings” [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Edmonton doctors undergo Astronaut training

Two Edmonton doctors are going to space. At least that’s the hope, after Shawna Pandya and Michael Gallagher spent a week training in Project PoSSUM’s far-out Scientist-Astronaut Course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. The medical doctors donned spacesuits, rode on aerobatic flights and experienced changing gravity environments as part of the training that could ultimately land them a trip [...]

By | October 11th, 2015|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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