From geology training in the Canadian high Arctic, to exploring ocean beds in submarines, and venturing into otherworldly caves, astronauts are put to the test to make sure they are ready to meet and excel at the many challenges they will face during their mission, and to learn to conduct science. Similarly, before any new technology is sent to space, it also undergoes a rigorous testing process to ensure its reliability and performance. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has teamed up with XPAntarctik, a crew of six explorers on an expedition to Antarctica, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to test Astroskin, a new "smart shirt" for space developed for the CSA by Carré Technologies.
For more information about Astroskin
Astroskin: Canada's Smart Shirt for Space
Astroskin is an autonomous medical monitoring system for astronauts, which consists of an intelligent garment for the upper body and a headband fitted with sensors, and associated software and technology that measure vital signs, sleep quality and activity level of the wearer.
International Space Station
Along with the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, Canada is a partner in the International Space Station (ISS), an orbiting research laboratory. Since the first module of the Station was launched in 1998, the Station has circled the globe 16 times per day at 28,000 km/h at an altitude of about 370 km.
Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster
International Charter provides Pleiades imagery over the Lac-Mégantic disaster
Canada has obtained a very high resolution image of the Lac-Mégantic train wreck, which was captured on July 13 by Pléiades, a satellite of the CNES, the French space agency. This picture was taken after Public Safety Canada activated the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, in which the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is actively involved. The data shared in the context of the Charter help damage assessment and support recovery efforts. (Credit: CNES 2013, Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image S.A. France)
- Red frame Disaster area
- Green circle Residential
- Red circle Commercial
- Green frame Affected residential
- Orange frame Affected Commercial
- Yellow line Roads
- Hatched line Railroad
This animation map shows an overview of the destruction caused by the train derailment and explosion that occurred at Lac-Mégantic on July 6th, 2013. The product was developed by Effigis Geo-Solutions (Montreal, Canada) as part of their mandate in the Canadian Space Agency's Rapid Information Products and Services (RIPS) initiative.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated by Public Safety Canada on a request received from Transport Canada. This is a damage assessment map based on QuickBird-2 satellite operations among the member space agencies for data acquisition following natural and technological disasters.
Floods in Alberta
This animation produced from RADARSAT-2 data captured in June 2013, shows the maximum (in red) and minimum extent of the flooding in the High River region in Alberta.