The agency stated that the EnVision detector was chosen because of its “revolutionary” technology. The launch is scheduled for the early 1930s.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Thursday that the European Space Agency (ESA) selected the EnVision spacecraft to explore Venus in the early 2030s in order to understand how the planet became an uninhabitable toxic medium.
The decision was announced a week after NASA announced two new Venus missions (called DDavinci+ and Veritas) between 2028 and 2030.
The agency (with 22 member states) explained in a statement that the EnVision spacecraft was selected by ESA’s Scientific Planning Committee for its “revolutionary” technology.
The device will carry a set of European instruments that can acquire “global images of the Earth” from its surface to its upper atmosphere to “determine how and why Venus and the Earth evolved in such different ways,” ESA said.
The possible release date of EnVision is 2031, 2032 or 2033.
After departure, the probe will take about 15 months to reach its destination, and another 16 months in its orbit, between 220 and 540 kilometers above Venus.