Engineers to Be Among China's Next Astronauts

تم نشره في Sun 27 November / Nov 2016. 01:00 AM
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BEIJING — China will start recruiting and training the third generation of its astronauts beginning next year and will turn engineers into space fliers, a senior space scientist said on late Saturday.

Deputy research head of the Astronaut Centre of China, Huang Weifen, revealed the plan at a news conference in Beijing about three hours after two Chinese astronauts returned to Earth from their month long space journey, Shenzhou XI-Tiangong II mission, china daily Newspaper reported.

"We have finalized the plan," she said.

"Huang added that to meet the requirements for a future space station, "we will expand the candidates' scope, by selecting not only pilots from the Chinese Air Force but also engineers in the space industry. Those engineers will be trained to become spaceflight technicians to take part in future missions".

(Petra)

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