Canadian astronaut assignments reflect growth of Canada’s ‘Space Force’

Canada’s next two astronauts in space will shine a light on the country’s fast-growing military space activities, says its top military space official.

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts Jeremy Hansen and Josh Kutryk are both colonels and pilots with the Royal Canadian Air Force. This year they were assigned to the Artemis 2 moon mission in 2024 and the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025, respectively.