The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning its maiden mission to Venus and its second one to the Red planet.
The same is confirmed by the newly allotted budget to the department of space, which shows a 23% increase. The Budget also mentions some provisions under its space sciences section for ‘Mars Orbiter Mission II and mission to Venus’.
About the Mars Missions
• The Mars mission is tentatively scheduled for 2021-22.
• The mission will mainly include launching an orbiter and building a Mars rover in collaboration with the French space agency, Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES).
• ISRO may also attempt to put a robot on the Red planet’s surface this time.
• Mangalyaan was ISRO’s first interplanetary mission, which made it the 4th agency to reach Mars after Soviet space program, NASA and the European space agency.
• The mission also made India the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit and the first one in the world to do so in the first attempt.
Maiden Mission to Venus
• Though not much is known about India’s maiden mission to Venus, it is in all probability going to be a modest orbiter mission.
• As very little is known about Venus, the mission is definitely expected to be worthwhile.
• India might partner with NASA in this mission.
• Both space agencies have already initiated talks on trying to jointly undertake studies on using electrical propulsion for powering the mission.
This report comes just ahead of ISRO’s mega launch of 104 satellites in one single go, the first-ever attempt of its kind.