02 October 2022
CMSA announced on 02 October 2022, that over the next 1 1/2 years it will recruit 12 to 14 new reserve taikonauts for future spaceflight missions. That would become the 4th batch of taikonauts. 7-8 of them will become spacecraft pilots, and 5-6 will be spaceflight engineers and payload specialists, including 2 as payload specialists. CMSA will, for the first time, select payload specialists from the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions. Currently, the Astronaut Center of China in Beijing is training the third group of Chinese astronauts.
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