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Chinese astronauts have completed desert survival training – part of exercises devoted to building China’s space station in the 2020’s.

Fifteen Chinese astronauts took part in desert training within Badain Jaran Desert near Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Wilderness training

The readiness effort was organized by the Astronaut Center of China (ACC),  designed to prepare astronauts with the capacity to survive in the wilderness in the event their re-entry capsule lands off target, according to a Xinhua news report.

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China’s wilderness survival training has China’s space mission candidates stranded at sea, in deserts, in jungles or on glaciers.

European astronauts

Last year, Chinese astronauts underwent survival training with two European astronauts in waters off the coast of Yantai in east China’s Shandong Province.

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer joined Chinese colleagues in Yantai, China in August 2017 to take part in their sea survival training.
Returning from space in a Chinese capsule, astronauts need to be prepared for any eventuality – including landing in the sea. Water survival is a staple of all astronaut training but this is the first time non-Chinese astronauts have taken part.
Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2017

In the latest training program, reports Xinhua, each team, all wearing spacesuits, simulated an emergency landing scenario in which they needed to exit the capsule themselves, report their location and survive in the desert until rescue arrived 48 hours later. The desert survival training tested the allocation of emergency supplies so their design can be improved in the future, said Huang Weifen, deputy chief designer at the ACC.

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer jumping from a Chinese Shenzou capsule during sea survival training in August 2017. ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias joined Chinese colleagues in Yantai, China.
An ESA astronaut to fly on China’s space station is in play.
Credit: ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2017

The training programs are in tune with China’s intent to start assembling its space station in space in 2020. It is scheduled to become fully operational around 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go to this New China TV video that details the training of Chinese astronauts at:

https://youtu.be/7Nkc0gzfBcc

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