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Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Janjua, Jameel

Jameel Janjua

Where were you born?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA


  • Bachelor's, chemical and materials engineering – Royal Military College of Canada
  • Master's, aeronautics and astronautics – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Master's, flight test engineering – United States Air Force Test Pilot School

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

What is your current job?

Experimental Test Pilot, Canadian Armed Forces - Currently, I am serving as an exchange officer to the United States Air Force, where I conduct flight tests on the F-16 fighter jet at Edwards Air Force Base. My role involves leading a diverse team of test professionals through test planning, safety planning, and execution of various programs on the F-16 aircraft. The projects that I work on include enhanced flight controls, automatic collision avoidance, and the integration and testing of advanced weapons. Being a part of our life-saving work on automatic collision avoidance is truly meaningful for me.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

There are many reasons why I would love to be an astronaut. I would like to be able to reach out to Canadians and help inspire their interest in human exploration and research. I firmly believe in space exploration and what it means for humanity. Mentoring Canadian youth to help them find a STEM-related path excites me. I would also love the professional and personal challenges that would come with being a CSA astronaut. I am a lifelong learner and always welcome challenges. I look forward to putting into practice aspects of being an astronaut that I don't have a formal background in, like robotics and medical research. Space exploration is a human imperative, and being part of that on behalf of Canada would be an honour.

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