|Parent agency||Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission|
China Manned Space Agency or CMSA (Chinese: 中国载人航天工程办公室) is an agency of the People's Republic of China responsible for the administration of China Manned Space Program, the Chinese human spaceflight program.
The native name of the organization (Chinese: 中国载人航天工程办公室) was initially translated into English as China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMESO) as of 2014. However, ever since 2015, the name China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) has been used in official statements and news-releases till date. It is also the name displayed on the official website of China Manned Space Program.
China Manned Space Agency represents the Chinese government to take management responsibilities for the China Manned Space Program.
CMSA's functions including development strategy, planning, overall technology, research and production, infrastructure construction, flight missions organization and implementation, utilization and promotion, international cooperation and news-release, etc.
CMSA consists of the following divisions:
Main article: People's Liberation Army Astronaut Corps
As of June 2022, fourteen Chinese taikonauts have traveled to space (alphabetical order):
Zhang Xiaoguang (张晓光)
In 2016, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and CMSA agreed to increased space cooperation via opportunities on-board China's future space station.
In 2018, UNOOSA and CMSA invited the applications from United Nations Member States to conduct experiments on-board China's Space Station.
On 12 June 2019, UNOOSA and CMSA announced the winners of the selected experiments to be boarded onto the space station.