Tag Archives: Astronauts

Former Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason passes away at 76

Payload specialist Bjarni Tryggvason of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) shows off the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount (MIM) fluid disk. One of five fluid loop experiments (FLEX), this one deals with the growth of resonance patterns (GORP) in gaseous liquid systems.

Bjarni Tryggvason passed away yesterday at the age of 76 and in the words of his friend and fellow Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, “he was a pioneer, a superb engineer and test pilot, and a beloved friend. As one of Canada’s first astronauts, Bjarni paved the way for all that have followed.”

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Jeremy Hansen: The importance of Canada’s space contributions

Lisa Campbell, President, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen talk with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in a bilateral meeting between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), during the 36th Space Symposium, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Col. Jeremy Hansen is Canada's longest-serving astronaut who has not yet flown in space. Selected in May 2009, the former CF-18 fighter pilot (including NORAD Air Defence Operations) has played a plethora of ground roles for Canada and NASA over the last 13 years. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support …

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David Saint-Jacques: Flown astronaut now working four space projects

David Saint-Jacques is a medical doctor, engineer and astrophysicist who is Canada's only flown current astronaut. He spent more than six months in space during the Expedition 58-59 mission during 2018-19, returning to Earth only months before the coronavirus pandemic erupted. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE …

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Joshua Kutryk: Behind the scenes of Starliner and spacewalking

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Joshua Kutryk celebrated the end of his basic training, along with fellow astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and their NASA classmates, during a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Lt. Col. Joshua Kutryk joined Canada's astronaut training program in 2017 after serving as an experimental test pilot and a fighter pilot in Cold Lake Alberta, leading a unit who was flight testing fighter aircraft. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Jenni Sidey-Gibbons – Powering up the space station

CSA astronaut Jenni Sidey-Gibbons guided astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough during their spacewalk on June 16 and 20, 2021. She will continue to guide them through their tasks on June 25 when they will complete the installation new International Space Station solar arrays.

Combustion scientist Jenni Sidey-Gibbons will celebrate her fifth anniversary as an astronaut selectee this summer, while assisting with a key upgrade of the space station. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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The top ten Canadian space stories of 2020

Canada in Space

It’s that time of year again where we look back at the top Canadian space stories of the year. To say that 2020 was a remarkable year would be an understatement. The year started out full of promise and optimism, but was quickly overshadowed by the pandemic.

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Former Space Station Commander Tim Kopra joins MDA

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra poses inside the cupola module onboard the International Space Station. Kopra, who was born in Austin, Texas, is the commander of Expedition 47 and previously served as a flight engineer during Expeditions 46 and 20

Tim Kopra, a former Army Colonel, helicopter pilot, NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander, has joined MDA as the Vice President, Robotics and Space Operations. Kopra joins MDA from Blue Bear Capital where he was a partner and advisor. According to the MDA press release, Blue Bear Capital, a private equity firm, “invests in high-growth technology companies and start-ups across the energy, infrastructure and …

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