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    China's human spaceflight

    China just released a video of their astronauts training.

    https://gbtimes.com/chinas-human-spa...aining-footage

    The Astronaut Centre of China has released footage of its astronauts undergoing a range of tests and training, giving a rare insight into the preparations for the country's human spaceflight missions.

    Footage shows high-G endurance, launch vibration, neutral buoyancy and sea survival training, as well as vestibular function, listening and landing impact tests.

    The video features the 11 Chinese astronauts who have been to space, aboard six Shenzhou crewed missions. A further five qualified and actively training astronauts are not shown, including Ye Guangfu who trained with ESA in an international CAVES mission.

    The video comes amid a flurry of astronaut-related news and stories from Chinese media, detailing views and information on everything from a new round of astronaut selection to views from an astronaut's daughter, and training regimens to events marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese astronaut corps and new tasks for a new ea.

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    China to start selecting its next round of astronauts.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._136914938.htm

    China will begin selection for the next generation of astronauts who will train to work on the country's planned space station, according to Monday's China Daily.

    Yang Liwei, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency and the first Chinese astronaut in space, was quoted as saying the selection work will begin soon and that Chinese scientists and engineers will be eligible to apply.

    "We plan to select suitable candidates from space industry companies, research entities and universities and train them into engineers and payload specialists capable of working on the space station," he said during an open day at Beijing's Astronaut Center of China.

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    Did you know China has sent astronauts to space only 6 times so far.

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ba...sions_999.html

    Since the establishment of the Taikonaut Corps of the People's Liberation Army in 1998, Chinese taikonauts have completed six manned spaceflights, conducted over 100 scientific experiments and orbited the earth for 68 days and nights

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    China's first human flight was nerve racking according the first astronaut Yang Liwei.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._136917607.htm

    Yang Liwei felt everything vibrating violently. Experiencing acceleration of gravity at 8G, he thought his body was about to be torn apart. He couldn't move. He couldn't see.

    "I thought I'd die in that 26 seconds," China's first taikonaut Yang told Xinhua, revealing details of the country's first manned space mission, Shenzhou-5, in 2003.

    Yang, 53, said that low frequency resonance occurred when the rocket climbed to around 30 to 40 kilometers above the ground. Vibration in the spacecraft below 10 Hz can damage human's internal organs, threatening a taikonaut's life.

    "I thought I was going to die," Yang said.

    "Hold on! Just hold on for a bit longer," the only person on board told himself.

    The deep vibrations lasted for 26 seconds. When it was finally over, the then 38-year-old taikonaut felt like he had been reborn.

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    Interviews with some of the astronauts

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._136933995.htm

    I met Wang at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Taikonaut Training Center in the north of Beijing. A sprawling, unassuming, complex with wide roads and squat buildings, it could be mistaken for a business park if not for the uniformed personnel walking between each building.

    For the duration of our interview, she sat with her back ramrod straight and her hands neatly folded in her lap, only moving periodically to retrieve her flask of hot water. Not to say she was aloof, but she exhibited a calm, controlled quality. She would tell me later that this was the primary attribute for women in her line of work.

    "We control the space craft so we cannot lose consciousness. You have to learn to control your natural reactions," she said.

    I met three taikonauts and asked each one the same question: What personal expertise do you have that makes you suitable for the program? All three were surprisingly candid, and modest. Yes, they were qualified but more than anything, they were simply born at the right time.

    "I might not be the best, but I was the most suitable at the time. It was a good time on China's journey to prosperity, and the space program was in full swing," Wang said.

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    "Chinese astronauts complete desert survival training"

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137210499.htm

    Fifteen Chinese astronauts have just completed desert survival training deep in the Badain Jaran Desert near Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

    Organized by the Astronaut Center of China (ACC), the program was designed to prepare astronauts with the capacity to survive in the wilderness in the event their re-entry capsule lands off target.

    Before venturing into space, astronauts have to survive in various hostile environments as a part of their technical training. Wilderness survival training is an important part of astronaut training in space agencies worldwide, leaving space mission candidates stranded at sea, in deserts, in jungles or on glaciers.

    This is the latest survival training activity for Chinese astronauts after their sea survival training with two European astronauts in waters off the coast of Yantai in east China's Shandong Province in August 2017.
    A one minute video of the training.

    http://www.cctvplus.com/news/2018052...ml#!language=1
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    China's lady astronaut in training.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137212435.htm

    Wang Yaping is no stranger to challenges. In her early twenties she was already a pilot for the PLA when she saw Yang Liwei, the first Chinese man in space, on TV.

    While proud of her country, she couldn't help thinking "when will China have its first woman?" From that moment she set her sights on the stars and in 2013 fulfilled her dream, becoming the second Chinese woman in space.

    Not content with smashing the glass ceiling to reach outer space, Wang Yaping's next goal is clear. "My greatest wish is to go to space one more time, maybe even go to the moon," she said.

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    China making progress in landing technology for their new crew spaceships.

    http://spacenews.com/china-claims-pr...mars-landings/

    China is claiming progress on a number of reentry and landing technologies for human spaceflight and Mars missions, underlining apparently significant plans for deep space exploration.

    The Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electronics (BISME) announced in May that it had performed an airdrop test of a parachute for two new-generation crewed spacecraft, which will be larger successors to the current Shenzhou capsules. The test was reported to have verified the strength and function of the parachute.

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    "China to launch unmanned test flight of next-generation crewed spacecraft in 2019"

    https://spacenews.com/china-to-launc...craft-in-2019/

    China will perform a first test flight of a full-scale 20-metric ton model of a successor to its Shenzhou spacecraft for human spaceflight next year, a senior official at the craft’s designer said last week.

    The next-generation crewed spacecraft will be the payload for the first flight of the Long March 5B launch vehicle, a variant of the Long March 5 and designed for lofting large modules of the planned Chinese Space Station (CSS) into low Earth orbit.

    In 2016, China use the first flight of the Long March 7 medium-lift rocket to launch a scale model of a new return module to test re-entry and landing profile for new spacecraft.

    “The full model will be tested next year,” Li Ming, vice president of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), told SpaceNews, and confirmed the mission would include the full spacecraft including re-entry and orbital modules.
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    "China tests parachute and landing systems for next-generation spacecraft"

    https://gbtimes.com/china-tests-para...ion-spacecraft

    China has announced progress in testing landing systems for a new generation of spacecraft for human spaceflight, Chinese media report.

    The tests verified recovery technology for the crew and reentry module for the new generation spacecraft, namely new parachute systems and an airbag landing system.

    The development and testing of the systems has been carried out by the Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electronics (BISME), also known as the 508th institute of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), China’s main body for researching, developing and manufacturing spacecraft.

    A helicopter was used to drop a 7-metric-tonne model spacecraft in order to test the systems, according to the Chinese language Science and Technology Daily, which also states that this makes the capabilities similar to that of NASA's Orion spacecraft.
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