ISRO invites foreign Riders to Venus

ISRO invites foreign Riders to Venus

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An 18-month-old pitch for what could be the first Indian orbiter mission to Venus 
Highlights:
*An 18-month-old pitch for what could be the first Indian orbiter mission to Venus has just been refreshed and relaunched, opening it up now for international experiments.
*Tentatively marking the yet to be named ‘Mission Venus’ for mid-2023,ISRO plans to study the planet from an elliptical orbit that is closest to Venus at 500 km and 60,000 km at the farthest end — similar to its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of 2013.
*The latest announcement opportunity (AO) does not specify the weight of the spacecraft; it plans to send up instruments or payloads totally weighing 100 kg. (MOM’s payloads weighed nearly 15 kg.)
*The new round invites space-based experiment ideas on Venus from space agencies, universities and researchers.
*They should complement a dozen Indian experiments that have been shortlisted from among responses that came in for the AO of April 2017. It had then planned a total payload of 175 kg. The responses were said to be fewer and below expectations.
*A lunar lander and rover mission called Chandrayaan-2 is getting ready to take off in January or February 2019.
* It may lower the orbit of its future Venus spacecraft after a while for sharper observations. 
*The Venus mission would be comparable to the phenomenally popular MOM in terms of its the orbit and the cost.

ISRO invites foreign Riders to Venus ISRO invites foreign Riders to Venus Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on November 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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