India Today report states that ISRO Chairman S. Somnath told after a meeting on the planet Venus that the scientists of ISRO have prepared the project report of the mission of Venus. The cost of this mission has also been estimated. Apart from this, it has also been confirmed that the Government of India has also agreed to this project.
Somnath says that the work of making the satellite with the right equipment is yet to be done, after which the mission will be launched. He further said that it is an easy task for India to send a mission to the planet Venus. ISRO says that if this mission is not launched in 2024, then the next opportunity will be available in 2031. This is because the two planets will be in a straight line from each other, which will consume less fuel.
The report says that the ISRO chief further said that the Indian agency will not duplicate the missions sent to Venus like other countries and space agencies. Instead ISRO will try a completely new experiment.
Talking about Shukrayaan, it will have a high resolution synthetic aperture radar, which will probe the surface of the planet. ISRO’s Space Science Program Officer T. Maria Antonita said that till now no country or space agency has done the study below the surface. India is going to do this work for the first time in the world. He said that ISRO is going to fly sub-surface radar for the first time over the planet Venus.