The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is looking for individuals who want to be part of the next generation of space explorers. Two applicants will be selected to join the Canadian Space Agency Astronaut corps. A pool of qualified candidates will also be created for future needs.
The Canadian Space Agency is seeking outstanding scientists, engineers and/or medical doctors with a wide variety of backgrounds. Creativity, diversity, teamwork, and a probing mind are qualities required to join the Canadian Space Agency's Astronaut Corps. To withstand the physical demands of training and space flight, candidates must also demonstrate a high level of fitness and a clean bill of health
Astronaut trainees will train for tours of duty on the International Space Station (ISS), the largest human spacecraft ever built.
Astronauts are involved in robotic operations using the Canadian remote manipulator system and regularly perform inside or outside maintenance tasks of the ISS. Therefore, astronauts are required to possess a detailed knowledge of the ISS systems, as well as a detailed knowledge of the operational characteristics of their missions, their requirements and objectives, and all supporting systems and equipment for each experiment on their assigned missions. During space missions, astronauts may also conduct experiment operations or act as subjects in physiological experiments.
Long-duration missions aboard the ISS generally last from three to six months. Training for long-duration missions is very arduous and takes two to three years. This follows basic training of about one year. This training requires extensive travelling, and includes assimilation of the ISS assembly sequence and its on-orbit operations. Travel to and from the ISS will be by Space Shuttle until its retirement in 2010. Following the Shuttle retirement, all trips to and from the ISS will be aboard the Russian Soyuz vehicle. Consequently, astronauts must meet the Soyuz size requirements, as indicated below.
Beside their main duties, astronauts can represent the CSA and Canada in national and international forums and public events.
To be selected, applicants must meet stringent medical criteria. Applicants will be required to undergo Canadian Space Agency medical physical exams, which include the following specific requirements:
Conditions of employment:
Applicants meeting the basic requirements will be identified through an automated recruitment system. These applicants will be asked to complete a second, more detailed, questionnaire. These applications will be reviewed based on academic, experience, expertise, certification and qualification requirements. Successful candidates will then be invited to a preliminary interview and will be evaluated by a Selection Board composed of specialists. Candidates will be asked to provide additional information on their medical status as well as all required information necessary for the conduct of the security clearance investigation.
The best-qualified applicants will be invited for a final interview and undergo medical and other testing.
Note: Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.