Russian specialists received funds for work in the framework of the complex Venera-D project, aimed at exploring the second planet of the solar system from its orbit and surface.
Venera-D is the first Russian mission to study the corresponding planet. The project is part of a larger Venus program that will be implemented in three phases.
According to RIA Novosti, Lev Zelyony, scientific director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, spoke about the financing of the first phase of the program. According to him, the allocated funds will be enough to carry out research and design work for about two years.
“Funding has started, it is sufficient for the design level for a period of two years. Within the framework of the Venera-D spacecraft design, the following program projects will also be discussed. This will not be one mission, but a comprehensive program of further expeditions.“, – said Mr. Zeleny.
The Venera-D project provides for the launch of a spacecraft containing an orbital and landing modules. They will study the atmosphere, soil composition, seismic activity of the planet and other scientific tasks.
The launch of the Venera-D mission apparatus is tentatively scheduled for 2029. In another two to three years, a second probe will be sent. The third Venus station is slated to launch by the mid-2030s.
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