The Indian Venusian orbiter mission is a planned orbiter to Venus by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to study the atmosphere of Venus.[5][6][7] It will be launched some time after 2020.[2][4]

The orbiter, depending on its final configuration, will have payload capability of approximately 175 kg with 500W available power.[1] Initial elliptical orbit around Venus is expected to have 500 km periapsis and 60,000 km apoapsis.[1][8]

The mission concept was first presented at a Tirupati space meet in 2012.[9] The mission was approved following the 2017–18 request for grants to the Department of Space.[10][11]

Current status

Based on the success of Chandrayaan and the Mars Orbiter Mission, ISRO has been studying the feasibility of future interplanetary missions to Mars and Venus. The plans for such interplanetary spaceflights are under discussion, and the study team is exploring the various opportunities and options for missions to Mars and Venus, the closest planetary neighbours to Earth.

The Government of India, in its budget for 2017–18 gave the Department of Space a 23 per cent increase. Under the space sciences section, the budget mentions provisions "for Mars Orbiter Mission II and Mission to Venus".[12]

On 19 April 2017, ISRO made an 'Announcement of Opportunity' seeking payload proposals from Indian academia based on broad mission specifications.[1]


Famed French astrophysicist Prof. Jacques Blamont with his experience from Vega program expressed his interest to Prof. U R Rao to use inflated balloons to study the Venusian atmosphere. Just like during the Vega missions, these instrumented balloons could be deployed from an orbiter and take prolonged observations while floating in the relatively mild upper atmosphere of the planet.[13][14] So far there has been no formal indication of acceptance of this proposal.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Space Based Experiments to Study Venus". ISRO.gov.in. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "ISRO gears up for Venus mission, invites proposals from scientists". 
  3. ^ "After Mars, Isro aims for Venus probe in 2-3 years". AeroJournalIndia.com. 9 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Annadurai, Mylswami. "ISRO Space Physics: future missions" (PDF). Raman Research Institute. 
  5. ^ Ranosa, Ted (July 2015). "India Plans Mission To Venus Following Success Of Mars Orbiter". Tech Times. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Nowakowski, Tomasz (July 2015). "India eyes possible mission to Venus". Spaceflight Insider. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Isro to undertake the heaviest launch in December". DeccanChronicle.com. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Laxman, Srinivas (24 April 2017). "Venus mission: Isro invites proposals for space experiments". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-10-09. An Isro official told TOI that though it is an approved mission, the date of the launch is yet to be firmed up. 
  9. ^ India planning Venus mission. Srinivas Laxman, The Times of India. 17 February 2012.
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  11. ^ "India eyes a return to Mars and a first run at Venus". ScienceMag.org. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  12. ^ India, Press Trust of (12 February 2017). "Budget 2017: ISRO gets funds for 2nd Mars mission, maiden Venus venture". Retrieved 30 March 2017 – via Business Standard. 
  13. ^ Srinivas Laxman (17 February 2012). "India planning Venus mission". Times of India. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "After Mars, ISRO plans Venus odyssey". deccanchronicle.com/. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2017-09-13.