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This can be considered a year dedicated to space success stories, and a much inclined towards space missions and discoveries too. 

As if the Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM), mission Aditya to the sun, the major task of setting up a space station and the Gangayaan mission due in 2021, were not enough, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has it’s eye at yet another destination to step foot on: Earth’s twin, Planet Venus. 

The plans of this missions are already in motion. The brilliant minds at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have devised a plan of action and a team of engineers and scientists have already sent the Indian national government, all that they hope to do implement with the Venus Orbiter. They are all hoping that the government will be onboard this program and give it a green flag. ISRO plans to launch the spacecraft in the years to come. They have a vision for it, and are optimistic that the government will see that too. 

This week a meeting took place at Colorado where ISRO scientist, Nigar Shaji made a statement to a group of Venus experts saying, ““The major objective is to map the Venusian surface and subsurface,”.

Shaji, explaining in detail the vision they have for this Venus Orbiter project and the benefits of it’s designing. This Venus Orbiter would be able to come up with an exemplar dataset for Venus, within a year. Accordingly stated by Shaji earlier, going a little more in depth of the Venusian subsurface will be of more value and yield much better results. So the plan with ISRO’s new Venus Orbiter is to dig a little deeper, and not just scratch the surface. As a consequence, this would unravel the scientists to identify and unravel all the volcanic hotspots that Venus is decorated with. 

The Venus Orbiter would be a very potent carrier to lug many space instruments that would be able to conduct some meaningful studies. As per Shaji, this would include a study of the planet’s atmosphere and ionosphere and also will look into Venus’ interaction with its surrounding environment.  So far, ISRO is positive to make use of 16 instruments that would fly to Venus in the spacecraft and be made use of, as disclosed by Shaji. The task that these instruments would undertake, are to monitor and keep a close eye on clouds, lightning strikes, to study of Venus’ airglow, and to check on and measure the highly charged plasma particles that swoosh through Venus, when coming from the Sun. 

There are a few other instruments too came in from partnerships with nations abroad. But as per Shaji, Indian doesn’t find funding those instruments to be a good call, so the three instruments that hail from U.S. are a no go. 

If this ambitious mission to Venus, gets the stamp of approval, it would be scheduled to launch somewhere in June 2023. This Venus Orbiter would be among one of ISROs Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles. 

India is very determined regarding it’s space missions and now especially now that it has gained tremendous success in the past years. Now, when India sees itself potent enough to build its own full fledged space station by 2024-2026, many such missions will be queued up and ISRO looks capable enough to tackle them. 

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