The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has initiated steps towards its mid-2023-planned mission to Venus by issuing an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to the international space community to propose their scientific payloads to be carried on the mission.
The AO for space-based experiments to study Venus is open to international scientists from various space agencies, research laboratories, academic institutions and universities.
ISRO, in its announcement posted on its website, said “This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Space-Based Experiments
to Study Venus is open to international scientists from the Space
Agencies/ Research Laboratories/Academic Institutions/Universities.
Proposals are solicited from International Scientific Community for novel space based experiments to study specific areas of science interest on
Venus. This AO has a specific objective to identify important science
experiments that strengthens / complements overall science from the suite of pre-selected proposals from India on ISRO’s Venus mission.
The payload capacity of the proposed satellite is likely to be 100 kg
with 500W of power. The proposed highly inclined orbit is expected to
be around 500×60,000 km around Venus. This orbit is likely to be
reduced gradually, over several months to a lower apoapsis.