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Collaborations

 

Government

Canadian Space Agency
CSA - John H. Chapman Space Center (St-Hubert, QC)
CALM Technologies has a long standing relationship with the Canadian Space Agency, both as a prime contractor, and subcontractor for hardware development. CALM’s Principals have an extensive history working with the CSA, with projects dating back to 1993. Ongoing programs involving CSA include the CCAP Cell and Tissue Culture program, and the eOSTEO Bone Cell Research Facility.
 
CSA - David Florida Laboratories (Ottawa, ON)
As part of the spacecraft qualification process, our systems are tested extensively, to ensure that they can perform after being exposed to the most strenuous conditions associated with space flight. CALM has used the CSA’s David Florida Laboratories for a wide array of testing, including vibration, EMC/EMI, and thermal.
 
European Space Agency
ESA - ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
The European Space Agency flew a number of experiments on the eOSTEO hardware, developed and supported by CALM Technologies. CALM provided mission support to ESA for the FOTON-M3, and worked extensively in qualifying the eOSTEO hardware through the ESA FOTON M3 mission management.
 
ESA - ESRANGE (Kiruna, Sweden)
Mission support for the FOTON-M3 included participation at the ESRANGE satellite tracking station. Telemetry downloaded from the FOTON during the mission, containing crucial payload operational data was analyzed to monitor and optimize the hardware’s performance on-orbit.
 
ESA - NOVESPACE (Bordeaux, France)
In support of the eOSTEO and eERISTO science activities, CALM Technologies was sponsored by ESA to perform a series of flow experiments on the 40th Novespace parabolic flight campaign. The CALM staff each logged a total of 93 parabolas in 3 days of testing.

Research Institutions

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
CALM Technologies is collaborating with MGH in a joint proposal to fly the eOSTEO system on the International Space Station in order to perform bone loss experiments. This program is gaining interest within the funding agencies and if successful, will mark another opportunity for eOSTEO in microgravity research.
 
University Health Network (Toronto, ON)
Having worked closely with the transplantation research department (OSTEO2, eOSTEO), CALM has maintained its ties to the University Health Network (UHN) through cell culture collaboration, and biological consulting. Working with researchers at the MaRS facility in Toronto, Ontario, CALM has worked extensively with the UHN in the definition and approach applied to the CCAP system, by demonstrating the efficacy of new technologies relating to cell culture in space.
 
Université de Laval (Quebec, QC)
CALM Technologies is acting as a subcontract to the University de Laval’s HY-BMCD program, which is investigating the use of a Microfluidic Centripetal Device and System Workstation for Ultrafast Molecular Hybridisation in Microgravity. CALM is supporting their activities as they work toward making their technology space compatible. This will include supporting a microgravity flight campaign, and the development of the hardware for this activity.
 
University of Western Kentucky (Bowling Green, KY)
As part of the University’s efforts to develop a system for monitoring and tracking user fitness trends, CALM has developed a novel data acquisition system for use with their fitness equipment and management system. Further development of the whole program is ongoing, and CALM will continue to support this program with new and improved data acquisition and transmission modules.

Private Industry

Healthcare Industry (Canada & US)
One of CALM’s primary commercial customers is a global healthcare company and leading manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals. CALM has worked extensively with its Canadian and US plants in updating older test equipment, either through troubleshooting and repair, or system redesign. 
 
TsSKB Spacecraft Manufacturing Facility (Samara, Russia)
In order to qualify its equipment for flight on the FOTON capsule, CALM worked closely with the integration team or the FOTON at the spacecraft manufacturing facility in Samara, Russia. With support from the Canadian and European Space Agencies, the program was steered successfully through the flight verification reviews to a successful twelve day mission.
 
TsSKB Integration and Launch Facility (Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan)

In preparation for it’s flight aboard the Russian Soyuz launcher, CALM worked with the TsSKB integration team at the launch site a the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the former Russian territory of Kazakhstan.

Recent News

May 22, 2015
Osteo-4 has returned to Earth!

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT Thursday with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health (Osteo-4)

http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/critical-nasa-research-returns-to-earth-aboard-us-spacex-dragon-spacecraft

April 24, 2015
Spaceflight Insider Article: SpaceX CRS-6 mission to assist in osteoporosis research

An article, by Spaceflight Insider, talking about the importance of the Osteo-4 payload to osteoporosis research:

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/spacex-crs-6-mission-assist-osteoporosis-research/ 

April 23, 2015
CALM Technologies on CBC Radio One - Ontario Morning with Wei Chen

Lowell Misener, President of CALM Technologies, had a talk about Osteo-4 with Wei Chen of CBC Radio One's Ontario Morning.  Below is the link to the Ontario Morning Podcast.  Lowell's interview begins at 06:18 and concludes at 11:33.  Enjoy!

http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/ontariomorning_20150423_54077.mp3

 

April 23, 2015
CALM Awarded InVitro Bone Contract with European Space Agency

On January 26, 2015 Calm was awarded a contract to build and support hardware for the European Space Agency project InVitro Bone (#4000112839/14/NL/FC). This involves the manufacture of the flight proven Osteo-4 design and support for flight qualification. The future InVitro Bone mission is targeting 2017.

April 22, 2015
Osteo-4 Makes Whig Standard Front Page News!

To see the Kingston Whig Standard article on CALM Technologies and Osteo-4 click the link below:

http://www.thewhig.com/2015/04/21/kingston-companys-bone-loss-experiment-in-space-wraps-up

April 22, 2015
NASA Mission Article for Osteo-4 - Great Group Photo!

From the NASA website highlighting Space Station Research, an article titled: Scientists Make No Bones about First Study of Osteocytes on Space Station.  Great photo of the Osteo-4 Team!

April 22, 2015
Osteo-4 Blasts Off for ISS!

Watch the launch video of the SpaceX CRS-6 mission carrying the Osteo-4 Payload aboard the Dragon capsle on the Falcon9 rocket.

April 22, 2015
CRS-6 Prelaunch Science Panel - Osteo-4

CRS-6 Prelaunch Science Panel - With Paola D. Pajevic, principal investigator, Osteocytes and Mechanomechano-transduction (Osteo-4), Massachusetts General Hospital.

April 21, 2015
Osteo-4 Training Video for ISS Astronauts. Have you got the right stuff?

The Osteo-4 Training video viewed by the astronauts aboard ISS.  The video was produced by Jordan Milani, Videographer currently living in Kingston, Ontario. 

March 31, 2014
Canadian Space Agency and CALM - ISS 2014

The CSA has released the news of funding provided to 5 canadian based projects aimed to assess the health of astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).