Venera D

Launch Time
NET November, 2029


Angara A5/Blok DM-03
Image Credit: Roscosmos
Status: Active
Price: $100.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 9,610 kN
Payload to LEO: 23,000 kg
Payload to GTO: 5,400 kg
Stages: 3
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 55.4 m
Fairing Diameter: 4.35 m
Fairing Height: 15.2 m

Mission Details

Venera D

Venera-D is a Russian space mission to Venus that would include an orbiter and a lander. The orbiter's prime objective is to perform observations with the use of a radar. The lander, based on the Venera design, would be capable of operating for a long duration (≈3 h) on the planet's surface. The "D" in Venera-D stands for "dolgozhivushaya," which means "long lasting" in Russian.

Venera-D will be the first Venus probe launched by the Russian Federation (the earlier Venera probes were launched by the former Soviet Union). Venera-D will serve as the flagship for a new generation of Russian-built Venus probes, culminating with a lander capable of withstanding the harsh Venerian environment for more than the 1½ hours logged by the Soviet probes. The surface of Venus experiences average temperatures of 462° Celsius (864 Fahrenheit), crushing 90 bar (89 atm; 1,300 psi) pressures, and corroding clouds of carbon dioxide laced with sulfuric acid.

Payloads: 4
Total Mass: 7,000.0 kg
Heliocentric Orbit


Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia