The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced Wednesday (June 12) the winners of their joint opportunity to conduct experiments on board the China Space Station (CSS), which is scheduled to be built in the next few years.

Six winning projects were selected, and three were conditionally selected. They were carefully evaluated by a team of around 60 experts from UNOOSA, CMSA and the international space community.

The winning institutions come from a variety of countries, including Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Poland, Peru, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Switzerland.

The selected winners will have the chance to physically access space by flying their experiment on the CSS, developing their capabilities in space science and technology.

CMSA Director-General Chun Hao said in a statement: “CMSA stands ready to help the winning teams prepare and implement their experiments on board of the Station.

CMSA is working closely with UNOOSA to further our existing cooperation and create more opportunities to enhance access to space: for example, we are thinking of releasing the next call for experiments in the near future.”