Aerospace pilots are selected from active pilots of the air force, aerospace flight engineers are selected from engineering and technical personnel engaged in aerospace engineering and related fields, and payload experts are selected from scientific researchers in the field of space science research and application of manned space engineering.
The selection of the third batch of preparatory astronauts was started in May 2018, which has gone through three stages: primary selection, selective selection and final selection. From about 2500 candidates, 18 qualified astronauts will participate in various missions in the operation phase of the space station after systematic training.
According to a source from the China Manned Space Engineering Office, through the selection of the third batch of preparatory astronauts, the Chinese astronaut team system has been continuously improved, which has laid an important foundation for the long-term construction of the Chinese astronaut team and the follow-up development of the space station project. With the continuous development of Chinas manned space industry, the selection of the following batch of preparatory astronauts will be carried out in due time. (end)