Canada's next chapter in human space exploration
The health and well-being of space crews is the primary limiting factor in the achievement of long-duration space missions and a key area of interest for space agencies around the world as they plan the next steps in space exploration beyond low earth orbit.
To prepare for the challenging endeavour of looking after the health and well-being of astronauts in deep-space, the CSA is looking to leverage the nation's expertise outside of the traditional space sector and in emerging research and technology areas.
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John H. Chapman Space Centre
Building on the outcomes of the Space, Health and Innovation National Forum and Regional Information Sessions, as well as the findings of the Expert Group on the Potential Canadian Healthcare and Biomedical Roles for deep-space Human Spaceflight, the CSA is organizing the 2nd National Space Health Forum that will dive deeper into possibilities for Canada's future contribution to deep-space health care. Diverse stakeholders will be invited to share their unique perspectives and identify opportunities where Canadian space and health partners could work together to address health challenges in deep-space while at the same time helping advance healthcare on Earth. More details to come shortly.
New funding announced in Budget : LEAP Health
The Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) is dedicated to the development of new, innovative technologies for lunar-related applications by small and medium-sized businesses, including in the health field. This additional funding will enable the CSA to:
- Engage stakeholders to identify opportunities where space, health and Indigenous partners could work together to develop approaches and innovative technology solutions to address challenges common to both deep-space and remote health care environments.
- Invest in collaborative R&D partnerships and initiatives to identify and advance strategic capabilities for future human spaceflight and remote health care needs.
Studies and activities
The CSA is exploring various health and biomedical fields of activity and technology where Canada could make significant contributions. The release of research and development opportunities that could contribute to healthcare advances in deep-space missions and on Earth engages stakeholders in both the space and non-space communities.
- Canadian Space Health Ecosystem Study
This study will map the existing health, biomedical and space ecosystems as a baseline to develop the Canadian Space Health Innovation Ecosystem. CSA's engagement and collaboration with organizations in the biomedical, health and space fields are to better understand Canadian capacity in delivering solutions to support the management of astronauts' health. The study will better inform the CSA about the different actors involved, including their roles and contribution to the innovation continuum, and about potential partnership opportunities.
- Study on Technology Development in the Digital Health Market for deep-space Exploration Healthcare Needs
This study will examine the potential development of digital health solutions in the context of deep-space exploration and formulate recommendation for decision-makers about priority areas of technology development that would most contribute to Canada's economic growth.
- Concept Studies to Explore Key Technological Capabilities
A joint initiative between the CSA and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) was developed in to identify and assess key technological capabilities that currently represent Canadian areas of strength and could support the development of future astronaut healthcare solutions for deep-space exploration. 13 contracts for concept studies in Decision Support Systems, Medical Diagnostic Tools, Radiation Protection, and Medical Training and Simulation for deep-space missions were awarded to 11 different organizations. NRC-IRAP will contribute to market studies and prototype development activities that are aligned with the CSA's objectives, all while advising and supporting the CSA in innovation and engagement activities.
- David Saint-Jacques' health science activities
- Living in space
- Canadian science on the International Space Station
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