The country announced the official launch of the recruitment of the fourth batch of astronauts and the recruitment of Payload Specialists in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for the first time, giving Hong Kong citizens the opportunity to participate in the National Manned Space Programme and contribute to the technological development of our country.
Payload Specialists, one of the categories of astronauts classified by types of mission, are professional scientific researchers who will carry out scientific and applied researches in space stations. During space missions, Payload Specialists are mainly responsible for conducting aerospace experiments or researches, operating space laboratory equipment, and managing daily operations of space stations with other astronauts.
Preliminary screening of the Payload Specialists recruitment will be arranged by the HKSAR Government, whereas further screening of the Payload Specialists recruitment will be conducted by relevant authorities in the Mainland.
Recruitment for preliminary screening will mainly be conducted through the following universities/ organisations/ companies:
Candidates from organisations or companies other than the above may also be considered by the HKSAR Government.
Payload Specialists will undertake key missions in the National Manned Space Programme. Candidates should be Chinese nationals who are permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Candidates and their immediate family members should be patriots who adhere to the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, uphold the Constitution of the People's Republic of China and the Basic Law, have no criminal records, and are supportive of the manned space programme.
1. Gender: Male or Female
2. Age: 30 – 45 years old in principle
3. Family and marital status: No relevant requirements
4. Physical attributes:
5. Academic discipline and qualifications:
Recruitment period: October 6 – 27, 2022
(a) Obtain part 1 of the recruitment form:
Candidates who are employees or researchers of universities/ organisations/ companies listed below should obtain part 1 of the recruitment form (Chinese only) from their universities/ organisations/ companies for providing basic personal information including age, academic qualifications and working experiences etc. Click here for contacts of the aforementioned organisations.
Candidates from other organisations/ companies should send emails with their full names in Chinese, names of organisations/ companies and their own disciplines/ research areas to Innovation and Technology Commission ( firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting part 1 of the recruitment form.
(b) Submit part 1 of the recruitment form:
Candidates should complete and submit part 1 of the recruitment form to their universities/ organisations/ companies. Universities/ organisations/ companies are required to email the form to Innovation and Technology Commission( email@example.com) on or before October 27 2022.
(c) Submit part 2 of the recruitment form:
Innovation and Technology Commission will directly email part 2 of the recruitment form (Chinese only) to candidates for collecting their and their family members' health information, family status, other relevant information and declaration. Candidates should complete and email part 2 of the recruitment form to Innovation and Technology Commission ( firstname.lastname@example.org) on their own within the stipulated time frame.
(d) Undergo medical examinations and mental health assessment:
Candidates who have satisfied basic requirements will be arranged to undergo medical examinations administered by a designated medical institution and an assessment on mental health. Candidates' immediate family members and cohabitants will also be arranged to undergo some of the examinations.
A1: Both local and non-local academic qualifications and working experiences are acceptable; that said, candidates should be conducting research or other works in local universities/ organisations/ companies currently.
A2: No. As the relevant authorities will contact candidates' universities/ organisations/ companies to understand their recent works, research areas and professions, candidates who are not from any universities/ organisations/ companies will not be able to complete the recruitment procedures.
A3: Candidates should complete and submit part 1 of the form together with their proof of academic qualifications, proof of working experiences, ID card copies, and other relevant certificates etc. to Innovation and Technology Commission ( email@example.com) through their universities/ organisations/ companies.
A4: Payload Specialists will attend training for around two and a half years, while the timing and duration of space missions depend on the mission plans. Training locations will be arranged by relevant national authorities.
A5: Payload Specialists will receive astronaut training subsidies and spaceflight subsidies from the Central Government for training in the China Astronaut Research and Training Center and space missions according to prevailing standards. The HKSAR Government will also coordinate proactively with the universities or organisations concerned on the appropriate arrangements to be offered to the selected candidate(s).
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