US-Russian Space Probe Venera-D May be Launched in 2026-2027 - Space Institute

© ESA/AOESArtist's impression of an active volcano on Venus.
Artist's impression of an active volcano on Venus. - Sputnik International
The US-Russian automatic interplanetary probe Venera-D May be launched in 2026-2027, a spokeswoman for the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) said Wednesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The main elements of the spacecraft, the orbiter and the lander, will be produced in Russia. NASA has been considering providing an entry vehicle — the Venus Atmospheric Manoeuvrable Platform (VAMP) — produced by the US Northrop Grumman company. The mission can also include aerostatic balloons or a subsatellite.

"The launch of the mission is possible in 2026-2027 and it will continue with year-and-a-half intervals, using Angara-A5 rocket and KVTK or Briz upper stage engines," the IKI spokeswoman Ludmila Zasova said at the Seventh Moscow Solar System Symposium.

Venera-D project is aimed at creation of a long-living station for investigation of surface, atmosphere, and environment of Venus. In 2003, Venera-D mission was included into the Federal Space Program for 2006-2015, but following the loss of the sample return mission to Phobos on November 2011 the launch was postponed till 2025.

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