China has unveiled 18 astronauts amid the establishment of its space station

China has chosen 18 astronauts who will take part in the upcoming development of its space station. The CMSA (China Manned Space Agency) reported this result recently. The 18 astronauts entail seven system operators, seven technicians and four cargo experts. This team composes of one woman after the committee conducting a rigorous trial and selection process.  The CMSA was categorical that it would not reveal the selected members to maintain secrecy and prevent espionage activities. CMSA is notorious for being secretive to ensure that its data remains lucrative and confidential. This strategy enables it to gain small satellite operators’ trust that intends to expand its operations.  

In the past, the selection process had limitations for the public, but CMSA has loosened up that stand to enable the country to develop a space station with the elite people from its citizens. The technicians will be responsible for the spacecraft’s operations while conducting the scientific and engineering tests that their payloads initiate. The payload operators will be running the scientific experiments that their selected payloads are engineered to perform. The research and scientific experiments in this category will include astronomy, the study of life in space, gravitational tests, weather predictions and patterns, and observing the Earth.

CMSA explained that the new astronauts would undergo training to foresee their skills and how they are incorporable into the operational techniques. The active astronauts in the industry have undergone training to start exploring the cosmos’ diversity to ensure they are ready to run the space station. These astronauts will open the station before embarking on other missions once the new 18 astronauts substitute them. The Chinese media reported that Huang Weifen was instrumental in the selection process. Huang has been an astronaut trainer, and the country hopes that his experience will facilitate a proper selection process. CMSA explained that more astronauts would come on board after these 18 graduates to operational astronauts.  

The first piece of the space station will launch via the Long March 3B rocket before July of next year. This piece takes the name Tianhe and will be an operational base for the astronauts once they land at the complete station. The crewed capsules will follow this model to make the space station’s body in the next three years. In conclusion, China hopes that more spaceflight missions can follow on this once the space station is complete. The new space station is part of China’s plans to have a substitute docking site after rumors that the International Space Station would deorbit its path.