No Canadian will be Heading up to ISS before 2017

No Canadian will be Heading up to ISS before 2017

It seems that Canadian astronauts would not get chance to head up to the space station before 2017.

NASA's chief astronaut, Bob Behnken, said in an interview from Houston that they have booked flights till the end of 2016. Therefore, it will take time before another Canadian astronaut visits the International Space Station.

There is a bartering system under which Canada needs to collect credits depending on the contributions its astronauts have made in the developments on the space station. Depending on these credits, trips are being traded by astronauts.

Behnken shared that Canada has used most of its credits during the five-month visit of Chris Hadfield that ended in May 2013. "They (Canadians) have another opportunity that's projected, but not until the 2019-2020 time frame, just depending on how the balance of contributions works out", stated Behnken.

If Canadian astronauts want to fly more often to the space station then they need to increase the level of their contribution more to the space station. Talking about receiving next opportunity to travel to space, the Canadian Space Agency President Walt Natynczyk said they are working with the international community to know when they will get opportunity to get one or both of their astronauts into space.

Natynczyk made it clear that they do not want to speculate any time with regard to it. On the other hand, Canada's two astronauts, David Saint-Jacques and Jeremy Hansen continued with their training.

In September, Hansen will be taking part in NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 19. It is an underwater mission simulating space environment. Hansen will be one of the team members comprising of engineers, scientists and astronauts. They will spend seven days under-19 metres of water in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research station.


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