Astronaut candidate's profile
What is your current job?
Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) engineer at a Toronto laboratory which focuses on designing satellites - My job is both hands-on and intellectually demanding. I am responsible for designing (on paper), simulating (on computers) and implementing (onboard the spacecraft) mathematical algorithms which help control the satellites' 3D positions and orientations. I also test sensors/actuators to ready them for space and help commission satellites once they are in orbit. When I am not testing satellite parts under the night sky or in a cleanroom preparing satellites for outer space, I help prepare technical studies/proposals for current and future missions.
Why do you want to become an astronaut?
Astronauts are unique in that they are leaders in their occupational fields, but are also well rounded. They represent the spirit, views and aspirations of Canadians. Canada has a distinguished history in space. We often forget that new innovations which help our planet and improve our lifestyle come directly from advances in science/technology. I hope to become an astronaut to continue to make global scientific contributions through experiments, explore the depths of outer space, and demonstrate that science and technology have a place at the forefront of our daily decisions and discussions.
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