2019-05-14 - The RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) uses a trio of satellites to take daily scans of our country and its waters collecting invaluable information. This important data helps captains safely navigate through Arctic waters, farmers maximize their crop yields and first responders save lives, among other solutions. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
In November 2018 Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques will fly to the International Space Station on his first mission. During his six months assignment, he will conduct a series of scientific experiments, robotics tasks and test new technologies.
In space, it is critical that each astronaut be able to apply knowledge and skills for a specific mission as well as those that may be needed in the event of unforeseen circumstances. An astronaut must therefore have a wide variety of technical qualifications and interpersonal skills, which are developed through a customized training program that continues throughout his or her career—even during missions.