In October 2018, Kellie participated in a series of microgravity research flights in partnership with the Canadian National Research Council (CNRC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in Ottawa.
The parabolic flight profiles enabled Kellie and her crewmates to test a number of experiments in microgravity, including biometrics, fluid configuration, solid body rotation, spacesuits, and more. The team collected valuable data for a number of research collaborators, including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Final Frontier Design, and others.
Kellie alternated flight crew roles as both a Bio-Medical Monitor and the Suited Test Subject. While serving as the test subject herself, Kellie flew fully pressurized in a Final Frontier Design IVA spacesuit, while also outfitted with a Bio-Monitor undershirt. The Bio-Monitor experiment is a smart garment developed by the Canadian Space Agency, designed to track an astronaut’s vitals in real-time. To help support data collection and validation ahead of the experiment’s launch to the International Space Station, Kellie completed a number of exercise maneuvers in microgravity while wearing the Bio-Monitor smart garment. The experiment is currently onboard the International Space Station with CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques.
As always, Kellie also brought along an item of small but personal significance to fly with her in microgravity – in this case, her daughter’s very own mission patch!