Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to international science community for Space-Based Experiments to Study Venus
Nov 27, 2018: Updates on Venus International AO
The last date for receiving the proposal is extended upto mid-night (IST) of January 31, 2019.
ISRO solicits proposals in response to this Announcement of Opportunity call for science payloads on its planned Venus mission, scheduled for mid-2023 launch.
Solar system studies have seen a remarkable growth in the last few decades, due to advances in space technology, observational capabilities and computational technologies. This has enhanced our knowledge and understanding of the diversity of complex processes across the Solar system. Planetary exploration provides opportunities to find clues to the origin and evolution of planetary systems and how they are different or similar to each other.
Venus is often described as the "twin sister" of the Earth because of the similarities in size, mass, density, bulk composition and gravity. It is believed that both planets share a common origin, forming at the same time out of a condensing gas cloud around 4.5 billion years ago. Since the 1960s,Venus has been explored by flyby & orbiter missions, a few lander missions and atmospheric probes. In spite of some progress in exploring Venus at recent times, gaps existsin our understanding about its formation, spin, surface evolution and runaway greenhouse phenomenon. surface/sub-surface features and processes, super rotation of Venusian atmosphere and its evolution and interaction with solar radiation/solar wind.
- Broad research areas of interest
- Surface/sub surface features and re-surfacing processes
- Atmospheric Chemistry, dynamics and compositional variations
- Interaction with solar radiation/solar wind
- Details of Satellite
The payload capacity of the proposed satellite is likely to be ~100 kg with ~500W of power. The proposed highly inclined orbit is expected to be around 500x60,000 km around Venus. This orbit is likely to be reduced gradually, over several months to a lower apoapsis. However these values are likely to be tuned based on the final spacecraft configuration.
- Objective of the AO
This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for Space-Based Experiments to Study Venus is open to international scientists from the Space Agencies/ Research Laboratories/Academic Institutions/Universities. Proposals are solicited from International Scientific Community for novel space based experiments to study specific areas of science interest on Venus. This AO has a specific objective to identify important science experiments that strengthens / complements overall science from the suite of pre-selected proposals from India (listed in Annexure -A) on ISRO’s Venus mission.
- Experimental categories
- Eligibility Criteria:
Proposers are expected to be currently involved in planetary exploration studies / the development of science instruments for space / willing to develop space worthy experiments and have access to associated facilities for test and instrument calibration.
Each proposal shall clearly identify a Principal Investigators (PI) and a Funding Agency for the proposed Instrument. The Principal Investigator of the proposal should be capable of (i) providing necessary details of the instrument which can address proposed scientific problems and (ii) assembling a capable instrument team and lead the team to deliver a space-qualified instrument.
- Modes of Collaboration:
Collaborations with teams from India on the design and development of instrument hardware, science modelling, simulations and joint calibration activities are strongly encouraged. Sharing science data, interpretation of results are envisaged to result in joint publications.
- Submission of the proposal:
All proposals should be submitted through respective space agencies/Institutions/Research Laboratories and must be signed by an official authorised to certify and support the sponsorship of the investigation and the management and financial aspects, on behalf of the space agency/institution/research laboratory.
The proposal is to be submitted in the specified format given in Annexure-B. The summary table given in Annexure-C must also be filled. The complete proposal with all the relevant details to be submitted through the Head of the institution (send the advance copy in word and the signed pdf copy by email/post) to :
Space Science Programme Office,
ISRO HQ, Antariksh Bhavan,
New BEL Road,
Email: email@example.com Sub: Attn: Venus AO
Proposals are accepted until midnight (IST) of Dec 20, 2018. A confirmation of receipt of the proposal will be provided. Questions and clarifications can be sent to the above email address.
- Selection process:
Proposers who satisfy the eligibility criteria and whose proposal is recommended for further consideration by the ISRO selection committee will be contacted by the Space Science Programme Office. An Implementation arrangement may have to be signed between ISRO and respective Space Agency/ Research Laboratory/Academic Institution/University after the final selection of the payload.
- There will be no exchange of funds between agencies for the international proposals.
- Additional changes / modifications (if any) in the proposal submission process (prior to submission deadline) will be made visible on the ISRO website. Proposing teams are expected to regularly check the website for additional details and updates.
- More details on payload interfaces with spacecraft will be discussed after shortlisting of payloads.
- Scientific experiments to be conducted by selected payloads shall not be allowed to carry any chemical or nuclear substances, biological samples that are prohibited by the COSPAR guidelines on planetary protection.
- It shall be ensured by the PIs of the selected payloads, that any/all experiments proposed to be conducted onboard Indian mission shall not result in any harmful contamination of the outer space environment.
- The selected payloads shall be designed and fabricated by adhering to the space debris mitigation guidelines prescribed by ISRO.
- ISRO reserves the right to cancel the AO call anytime, choose not to select any payload under this AO call and shall not be held liable.
The format for preparation of proposal is given in Annexure-B.
The summary table is given in Annexure-C.
The last date for receiving the proposal is 20 December 2018.
Click here for Annexure - A
Click here for Annexure - B
Click here for Annexure - C