India to go to Venus boldly for the first time and re-visit Venus very soon. It is the first government acknowledgment about these two new bold accommodations on Earth’s immediate neighbors. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is attempting two or three drop offs into space, a full load of 104 satellites in space in a single mission.
No other country has tried launching as many satellites in a single mission. Back in 2014, Russia holds the last world record of launching 37 satellites in a single launch using a modified intercontinental ballistic missile. ISRO will hurl into space on February 15 morning using the PSLV three Indian satellites and 101 small foreign satellites.
ISRO is hoping to set a desirable benchmark for other space-faring nations with two-and-a-half times more than the earlier record.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has allotted a 23% increase in its budget to the department. The budget mentions the provisions under the space sciences section “for Mars Orbiter Mission II and Mission to Venus.” The second mission to Mars is scheduled in 2021-2022 with a robot on the surface of Planet Red.
The first mission to Mars held in 2013 is exclusively an Indian project. The French space agency has reportedly sent its interest in collaboration for making the Mars rover. “We are keen at telematics module, so Nasa’s rovers and the Indian satellites can talk to each other.” said, Michael M Watkins, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Nasa, on a recent visit to India this month.
India’s maiden mission to Venus has all probability going to be a modest orbiter mission. “A mission to Venus is very very worthwhile as so little is understood about that planet and Nasa would definitely be willing to partner in India’s maiden voyage to Venus,” Watkins added.
ISRO and Nasa have already jointly initiated to undertake studies on making use of electrical propulsion for powering mission.