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2014-02-21 - 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.
CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who has an avid interest in polar exploration, follows and interacts with the expedition members on social media during their mission. Saint-Jacques wears an Astroskin prototype during his regular exercise routine, comparing and sharing his experience with the crew in Antarctica. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Chief Executive Officer, Carré Technologies: So Astroskin is a garment made for astronauts so they can monitor their health during space travel.
Raffi Kuyumjian, CSA Chief Medical Officer: And the great thing about this technology is that since it’s wireless, it can be monitored at a distance. It can be used also by patients on Earth—people who live in remote communities, for example—who don’t have an easy access to a doctor. They can have these shirts on them all the time, and it can trigger alarms if something wrong is happening and alert the doctors following them at a distance.
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