After Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning a mission to Venus. The ISRO has invited scientists to suggest studies for a probable orbiter mission to Venus. A senior ISRO official said the mission is expected to happen in 2020.
According to ISRO, it has a plan that it would send a spacecraft which will primarily go around Venus in an elliptical orbit and then get closer to it. The Hindu reported that the spacecraft will carry instruments that measures 175 kg using 500W of power. The deadline has been set on May 19, in that day the scientific community can propose space-based studies.
A senior ISRO official told The Hindu, “The Announcement of Opportunity is just a beginning. The studies must be finalised, a project report would have to be presented and approved.” He added, “A formal mission may not happen before 2020.”
But ISRO’s Advisory Committee on Space Sciences must approve the mission first. Then it needs the permission of the Space Commission and finally the government.
The closest neighbour of Earth, Venus is similar to our planet in many ways. It takes only 225 days to revolve around the Sun but its outside is very hot as it is very near to the Sun.
In 2013, ISRO successfully carried out a mission to Mars, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). It was India’s second planetary mission and it was a Rs 450 crore project.
Earlier that mission, an orbiter was sent to Moon in 2008. ISRO is planning a second moon landing mission in 2018.
If the mission is successful then it will be another achievement of Indian Space Research Organisation.