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Engineer Becomes 1st Female Satellite Launch Commander

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Engineer Becomes 1st Female Satellite Launch Commander
Zhang Runhong (L) [Photo/Cyol.com]

 

An engineer at Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, has become the country's first female mission commander after she helped launch the 41st BeiDou navigation satellite into orbit on November 2.


Because the position was called commander No.1, Zhang Runhong was hailed by media as China's "No.1 woman of the year".


Zhang began working at the launch center after she graduated from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2006. Very few women worked at the facility at the time.


"She had always dreamed of becoming a launch commander and has put much efforts into this ambition. She read files and blueprints of all systems and consulted experienced commanders when she had problems," said one of Zhang's colleagues.


She refused the less challenging work that her superiors arranged for her and chose the toughest responsibility.


Zhang worked hard in every post, including carrying heavy objects and climbing onto dozen meters high machinery, and she used spare time to learn professional knowledge and adapt herself to new systems as much as possible.


Making errors was not an option for Zhang. She paid serious attention to every detail and stayed up late troubleshooting.


It took 12 years for Zhang to realize her dream. She participated in 80 launches before she became the commander No.1.


"Giving commands is basic for us. The more important work is to master over 20 branch systems and about 200 operating posts in the launch center," said Zhang.


Zhang's husband works as an engineer in the center, too. Their daughter lives with her grandparents.


"The person I admire the most is my mother. I want to be an engineer like my mother in future," her daughter once said.

 

Engineer Becomes 1st Female Satellite Launch Commander
Zhang Runhong at work [Photo/Cyol.com]

 

(Source: Cyol.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)


http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/people/everyday/1811/3437-1.htm


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