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    China to recruit new reserve astronauts for future space missions

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    BEIJING, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — China will recruit 12 to 14 new reserve astronauts for future space missions, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced Sunday. the fourth group of Chinese astronauts, seven to eight will be spacecraft pilots, and five to six will be spaceflight engineers and payload specialists, including two as payload specialists, said CMSA.

    Spacecraft pilots will be recruited from serving pilots in the armed forces, according to CMSA.Spaceflight engineers will be selected from those engaged in scientific research and engineering work. engineering in the field of aerospace engineering and related fields, while payload specialists will come from researchers specializing in space science and applications, CMSA said.As the organizer of the r recruitment, CMSA will for the first time select payload specialists from Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.Recruitment of the new astronauts is expected to be completed within a year and a half, CMSA said.

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