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Researchers Plans For A Stingray-Like Spacecraft For Venus Exploration

Venus is extremely hot owing to the constant volcanic activities present on the planet. The temperatures are found to have the capacity to melt and thus, can make the idea of exploration very risky. The atmosphere is also found to be toxic. NASA has planned to design a new spacecraft along with the help of the University at Buffalo to Venus exploration a possibility. The Bio-inspired Ray for Extreme Environments and Zonal Explorations (Breeze) was selected by NASA for its Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program that basically invests in the primary space research projects. The project is expected to help bring about a change in space.

Breeze is a new project that still needs to be pushed. In Buffalo, the Crashworthiness for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids (CRASH) Laboratory team has been found to be working on a solar-powered spacecraft that will have flapping wings just like the movement of the stingrays. The new design is believed to help make use of high winds present in the upper atmosphere and give scientists unparalleled control of the vehicle. Venus has its one side kept in the dark for an extended period of time but Breeze is expected to get charged on the sunny side before moving to the dark side for data collection on planet’s atmosphere, weather, and volcanic activity. The Breeze is still far from reality and the agency is considering building a rover named Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer to study the planet’s harsh surface. Some creative engineering is required to make the machine last on Venus.

On a parallel note, engineers and researchers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have sent the Venus orbiter plan to the Indian national government and are hoping they get a go-ahead with the mission. The key task is to map the Venusian surface and subsurface. If the mission is to be approved, then it will be launched boarding ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles on June 23.

Victor Sicard
Victor Sicard Author
Contributing Author At Industry News Digest

Being a Graduate in Microbiology and the topper of 2013–14 batch, it justifies that Victor handles the Science department here at Industry News Digest. With more than 3 years of experience in this field, it would be wrong to refer Victor as the veteran of this field. When not elbow deep in work, you may find Victor outdoors indulging his love of adventure sports such as hiking, cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and scuba diving.

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