The expedition, which kicked off on Feb. 2, is quite a workout for the eight-person team, which has vowed to use no motorized vehicles. This means the suit is getting tested during skiing, walking and climbing Antarctica's jagged peaks and glaciers.
The University of Quebec at Montreal is monitoring the suit both from the Antarctic and in its labs, and will share the data with the CSA for possible use on future space missions and other applications. Carré, meanwhile, could refine the technology beyond its initial prototype for CSA.
"The great thing about this technology is since it's wireless, it can be monitored at a distance," CSA chief medical officer Raffi Kuyumijian said in a new videoreleased by the agency.
"People who live in remote communities, for example, will have an easy access to a doctor," Kuyumijian added. "They can have these shirts on them all the time. It can trigger alarms if something wrong is happening, and alert the doctors following at a distance."
Indeed, the technology is already used for sports monitoring on Earth. A commercial version called Hexoskin is marketed to athletes as a way of checking out your heartbeat and pace during workouts. It can also be used to see how well you sleep.