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.
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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:
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: 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.
A4: 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).