Relationships with Agencies
As a representative of an institution, an independent consultant, or private person, Dr Kass has worked at and with a number of national and international (governmental and inter-governmental) agencies. Some brief details of the work carried out with each organization and its context are provided below.
Canadian Space Agency – CSA
Work was carried out with the CSA HQ, Saint-Hubert, Quebec, on the CAPSULS project, where four Canadian astronauts were isolated for a week of psychological experiments. Dr Kass was a co-investigator on a set of experiments in collaboration with Concordia University’s Department of Applied Human Sciences, in the domain of team behaviour, team training and special team interaction scenarios. The isolation was carried out at the Canadian Government's Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DND/DCIEM).
European Commission – EC
Work has been carried out with several directorates of the European Commission in Brussels around various domains, such as Knowledge Management, Early Warning Europe, Bankruptcy & 2nd Chance, Lessons Learned, Privacy & Security, Conflict Resolution, eHealth & Telemedicine.
European Space Agency – ESA
Work with ESA since 1980 (from an academic base) involved the coordination of the scientific experiments for the European Vestibular Experiments team, as well as neuro-vestibular research in sensory perception, on the first Spacelab-1 (STS-9) mission and on the first German Spacelab (D1) mission (STS-61A). This work involved training the astronaut crew, carrying out baseline data collection before and after the missions, as well as supporting mission control during the mission (Dr Kass was in direct communication with the astronaut crew during these missions.)
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre – GCTC
Since the early days of the opening up of the Soviet Union, Dr Kass has worked with various Russian space agency institutions, a key centre being the Yuri Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Centre - GCTC Star City, Russia. He studied how Cosmonauts are trained, how crew procedures are prepared, and the processes of progressing through the various stages of preparation of both the crew and the manned payloads, as well as the operational rules, processes, and methods during the continuous manned operations of the MIR station.
German Space Agency – Deutsche Geselscheft für Luft und Raumfahrt – DLR
Work was carried out with the DLR from the early 1980s Aerospace Research Establishment in Porz-Wahn during scientific preparation for Spacelab-1 (STS-9) and Spacelab-D1 (STS-61A), for which the DLR Cologne played a central role, hosting ESA’s Spacelab Payload Integration & Coordination in Europe - SPICE – office. This office provided support for training, scientific preparation and baseline data collection, for all the European Space Sled experiments for which Dr Kass was responsible from the Principle Investigator’s office at the University of Mains.
International Telecommunication Union – ITU
Work was carried out with the ITU - Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D), Geneva, Switzerland. This work involved the founding of the Telemedicine Alliance, together with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and the European Space Agency (ESA), under the sponsorship of the European Commission (DG-INFSO) as a strategic cooperation in eHealth and telemedicine.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA
Work was carried out with NASA since the early 1980’s on several Shuttle and MIR missions, as well as on ground-based research. Various NASA centres were involved: Marshall Space Flight Center – MSFC, Kennedy Spaceflight Center – KSC, Johnson Spaceflight Center – JSC, Dryden Flight Research Center – DFRC, NASA Ames Research Center – ARC.
World Health Organization – WHO
The work with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Office for Integrated Health Care Services, Barcelona, Spain, involved the founding of the Telemedicine Alliance, together with the European Space Agency (ESA), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU), under the sponsorship of the European Commission (DG-INFSO) as a strategic cooperation in eHealth and telemedicine.