BIO 103 Microgravity Research Campaign

may, 2021

17may(may 17)8:00 am21(may 21)5:00 pmFeaturedBIO 103 Microgravity Research CampaignMicrogravity Research Campaign supporting the IIAS BIO 103 Program


Event Details

BIO 103 provides a foundation in the microgravity environment, microgravity research campaign planning and operations, human factors and spacesuit evaluation research, biomedical monitoring systems, science communication and public outreach.

Students in the course will apply their knowledge and skills learned in the webinars in a parabolic flight campaign with Integrated Spaceflight Services and the National Research Council of Canada. The flight campaign will take place (tentative dates) September 28th to October 2nd 2020 (inclusive) at the NRC Flight Research Lab (FRL) located in Ottawa, Canada. The address is 1920 Research Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J8, Canada and is suited within walking distance of the Ottawa International Airport. Students should plan to arrive at 8AM each day. A typical day will end by 6PM. Students should plan to stay until 6PM on the last day of the campaign. Additional details of the flight campaign will be provided in the webinars.

Students will need to provide the following information one month prior to the flight campaign:
• Full legal Name
• Date of Birth
• Nationality
• Passport Number and scan of passport photo page

Notes on COVID-19:
• The NRC has indicated their full intention to carry out the September 2020 flight campaign as of May 2020, but the situation may change.
• Students should not book non-refundable flights to Ottawa or accommodations unless advised otherwise by the Instructor.
• The NRC is a Government of Canada agency and we will comply with all Canadian health regulations regarding COVID-19.
• Students are advised to monitor the travel restrictions regarding the US/Canada border.
• Students in need of travel visas should contact the Instructor as early as possible.


What to expect

Participating members should allow for four to five days.  Upon arrival, each members will receive a safety briefing and instruction on research protocol as part of the Test Readiness Review (TRR). Teams are grouped as follows: one test director (TD), one suited test subject (TS), one equipment technician (ET), one biomedical monitor (MM), one space suit assistant (SA), and one unsuited test subject (US). TD and TS roles require prior successful campaign experience.

Members participate in egress tests and system testing.  All teams will rehearse until they reach a level of proficiency in 1G conditions before their flight.  Once the mission is approved by both test director and NRC flight safety officer, the flight will commence.


Mission Plan:

Each sortie is planned for 18 parabolas, but flights may be terminated for reason. A flight may be terminated  for any of the following reasons:

  1. Test participant vomiting in the suit or bio-monitor data in excess of established limits
  2. Excessive vomiting by any flight team member.
  3. Failure of essential equipment
  4. Any condition created by a flight team that violates any safety protocol


17 (Monday) 8:00 am - 21 (Friday) 5:00 pm EDT


National Research Council Flight Research Laboratory

1920 Research Private, Ottawa, ON K1V 1J8, Canada

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