To date, one of the Soviet Venera (13?) spacecraft was the only one able to successfully touch down and send back pictures of the surface of Venus.
I think it would be cool if one day ISRO could land a probe on the surface of Venus. To date, one of the Soviet Venera (13?) spacecraft was the only one able to successfully touch down and send back pictures of the surface of Venus.
As I understand it is great for aerocapture, but we lack the necessary atmospheric models. More studies would help.
BUMP!This Hindi article suggests that a Venus mission might be in order.- PRL scientist: Strategy for the Venus mission discussed during a seminar last month.- Planning to go in parallel with other Mars & moon missions.- Mission to focus on sulphuric acid origins and surface temperature studies.
So it seems likely that this spacecraft will be a sibling of MoM.
And, this mission to Venus could have a French connection as Prof Jacques Blamont, a renowned astrophysicists and a friend of the late Dr Vikram Sarabhai, who was conferred the Padma Shri this year, has offered to help Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with gigantic balloons carrying several instruments but designed to pop in and out of the extremely hot atmosphere of the planet after being unfettered from the orbiter.“It is possible to build and launch the spacecraft in about two-and-a-half years. Dr Adimurthy (who, incidentally, wrote the first feasibility report on the Mars Orbiter Mission) and a big team at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram) are working out all the details like the ideal launch window, the best orbit for the orbiter and the instruments to go onboard,” Prof U R Rao, former chairman of ISRO, and head of the space agency’s Advisory Committee for Space Sciences told Deccan Chronicle.
Quote from: johnxx9 on 12/11/2014 06:18 PM So it seems likely that this spacecraft will be a sibling of MoM.Since ISRO now has GSLV Mk2, hoping they would a bigger spacecraft (probably I-3K bus) with bigger/more scientific payloads.
QuoteQuote from: johnxx9 on 12/11/2014 06:18 PM So it seems likely that this spacecraft will be a sibling of MoM.Since ISRO now has GSLV Mk2, hoping they would a bigger spacecraft (probably I-3K bus) with bigger/more scientific payloads.Vyoma : Which launch vehicle will launch this spacecraft ? GSLV MK2 is not yet operational. One more successful launch of GSLV MK2 with indian cryogenic engine is required to declare it operational and gradually it needs to be scaled up to maximum 2.5 ton GTO capability. I was expecting a GSLV MK2 launch in August this year. Can we expect a GSLV MK2 launch in August ? ISRO is resting on laurels on the workhorse PSLV. If GSLV MK2 doesn't become a stable and reliable launcher, ISRO has to remain content with PSLV to launch MOM type spacecraft which can't have a meaningful scientific payload. worldtimedate [ http://www.world-timedate.com/ ]