Chapter 11 – Canadian Engineers

Bjarni Tryggvason – Engineer and Astronaut

Bjarni Tryggvason

Born in Iceland on September 21, 1945

Died on April 6 2022

He one of the original six Canadian astronauts selected in December 1983. He flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on August 7, 1997, as a payload specialist. He spent over 11 days in space, where he successfully operated a Canadian technology he helped develop: the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount. Designed to isolate payloads from vibrations, this technology would later be adapted for the Canadian Microgravity Vibration Isolation Subsystem. He had a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics and did postgraduate work in engineering with specialization in applied mathematics and fluid dynamics.



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