Projects

Canadian food for ISS

Sending Canadian food to the International Space Station (ISS).

Effects of noise on human performance

A researcher is checking the condition of the tympanic membrane of a test subject. (Credit: DRDC Toronto)

Determine whether the noise level of 72 A-weighted decibels (dBA) on the International Space Station (ISS) affects physiological or psychological performance of astronauts on long-term missions.

Testing the effectiveness of g-suits

The antigravity, or g-suit. The middle section contains the abdominal bladder, and the sections on the sides
contain five bladders for each leg.

Investigate the efficiency of various types of g-suit inflation techniques.

Effects of spaceflight on the veins

Determine whether spaceflight affects the stretch (compliance, or flexibility) of veins in the lower legs.

Measuring radiation with bubble detectors

Two Bubble Detectors. The detector on the right has been exposed to neutrons. (Credit: Bubble Technology Industries Inc.)

Development of a personal detector system for space use based on the Canadian bubble dosimeter technology to improve monitoring of individual astronauts' neutron exposure during space missions.

Preventing decompression sickness

Subjects testing prebreathe protocols at 4.3 psi in the hypobaric chamber at DRDC-Toronto. (Credit: NASA)

Designing and testing more efficient protocols to prevent decompression sickness in astronauts performing spacewalks, also known as extravehicular activities (EVA), from the International Space Station (ISS).

Radiation projects

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield is secured by foot restraints on the shuttle's Canadarm while he works on Canadarm2 attached to ISS. (Credit: NASA)

The main goal is to develop technology and methods to measure and monitor astronauts' exposure to space radiation to better protect them from its harmful effects.

Monitoring and maintaining performance

Components of SMP

To develop and test an on-board system for the International Space Station (ISS) that will allow astronauts, who have been trained on the ground to operate the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), to measure and maintain their robotic operator skills in space.

MOSFET radiation monitoring system

MOSFET dosimeter system: Reader with wires (top) connecting it to the sensors to be inserted inside the Matroshka-R phantom. (Credit: Thomson Nielsen)

Development of a tool based on MOSFET dosimeter technology to measure this radiation.