European Venus Explorer
The European Venus Explorer (EVE), known until 2007 as the Venus Entry Probe (VEP), is a proposed European Space Agency space probe to Venus. In the timeline of the 2005 TRS (technology reference study), the spacecraft was planned to be launched on a Soyuz-2/Fregat launch vehicle around 2013. However, submissions to act on the study in 2007 and 2010 have been rejected.[clarification needed So, right now, this is a non-mission?]
The mission (in the 2005 TRS) would involve two satellites: the Venus Polar Orbiter (VPO), for remote sensing of the atmospheric, and the Venus Elliptical Orbiter (VEO), which deploys the entry probe from a highly elliptical orbit. The entry probe would contain a balloon-aerobot which floats in benign conditions at 55km in the middle cloud layer, and drops up to 15 microprobes into the lower atmosphere.
- ESA - Venus Entry Probe
- Contractor for the SSTL/ESA – Venus Entry Probe study
- French article mentioning the Venus Entry Probe
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