ISRO is planning to send a mission to Venus
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to study Venus from an elliptical orbit that is closest to the planet at 500 km and 60,000 km at the farthest end – similar to Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of 2013.
Shukrayaan-1 (Venus craft) is a proposed orbiter to Venus by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to study the surface and atmosphere of Venus.
Earmarked for mid-2023, the mission, tentatively named ‘Mission Venus’, has revived the 18-month-old pitch for what is slated to be the first Indian orbiter mission to Venus, The Hindu reported.
After 18 months of planning, ISRO has invited international proposals for scientific payloads on the rocket that will launch an orbiter to Venus. The orbiter itself will have 12 instruments, including a thermal camera, mass spectrometer and cloud monitoring camera. The spacecraft will be able to carry about 100 kg, and will have 500W of power, according to ISRO.
Proposals are solicited from interested scientists -
In this context, proposals are solicited from interested scientists within India for novel space based experiments. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is addressed to all institutions in India. Those sending proposals may be currently involved in planetary exploration studies / the development of science instruments for space / willing to develop the experiments. The Principal Investigator of the proposal should
(i) provide necessary details of the instrument which can address the scientific problems and
(ii) be capable of bringing together the instrument team and lead the team for developing a space qualified instrument.