CSA Map of Canada for final 32 astronaut candidates
CSA Map of Canada for final 32 astronaut candidates. Credit CSA.

Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Candidates Down to 32

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut candidate pool is down to 32 according to a tweet the agency posted to Twitter.  Of those remaining, 12 live and work abroad, 11 are women and 9 are in the armed forces. A list of the remaining candidates is available here.

We don’t know when the next cuts to the current astronaut candidate class will take place but we do know that two candidates will be selected before August so they can begin training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center at that time.

The two candidates that are selected will start with a salary of $91,300 and be under contract initially for up to two years as they undergo training and evaluation. If they make it through the evaluation, they are then offered a five year renewable contract. Their salary rises with the amount of experience they obtain and once they fly a mission their salary is bumped up to $178,400 at the current level.

Basic Training

During the two years of training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and in Canada at CSA headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the candidates will undergo the following training. Once successsfully completed, candidates are officially given the title of astronaut.

  • CSA orientation
  • History of space flight
  • Fundamentals of space flight
  • Space operations and procedures
  • International Space Station systems
  • Life science
  • Materials and fluid science
  • Earth observation
  • Space science
  • Robotics
  • Human behaviour and performance
  • Flight training
  • Parachute jumps
  • Physical training
  • First aid and CPR
  • Language training (e.g. learning Russian)
  • Operation of photographic equipment
  • Media relations
  • Survival training
  • Obtaining the title of “astronaut”

Updated at 4:45 PM: Added one more to the count of armed forces candidates. The CSA only had 31 profiles online until this afternoon.

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc, CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef U.S., advisor and co-founder of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and director and co-founder of MaxQ Accelerator Inc. Previously he was the founder of Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine which he sold.

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