UBC’s Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative utilizes the power of collaborative R&D to solve human performance challenges in extreme environments.
From measuring fatigue in aerial pilots battling wildfires to protecting first responders on the front lines of war and disaster, UBC STAR researchers work directly with partners to develop technologies, strategies and standards that save lives and create more resilient communities.
UBCO awarded $1.5M to develop high-performance body armour
Research will combine new textile technologies and comfort testing to provide lighter, safer protective gear for Canadian soldiers. The new Comfort-Optimized Materials For Operational Resilience, Thermal-transport and Survivability (COMFORTS) are being designed by a network of esteemed researchers from across Western Canada who will be working together over the next three years. Learn more
Minister of Defence tours UBC STAR Impact Research Facility
Canada’s defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, visited the UBC STAR Impact Research Facility with MP Stephen Fuhr on March 12, 2018 to discuss defense-related research and receive a demonstration of specialized eqipment and facilities. Take a virtual tour
UBC STAR to support the development of liquid armour technology
BAE Systems and Helios Global Technologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop liquid armour technology. UBC STAR will support the research and development of this new technology through its impact research facility. Full release