NASA plans to send an aircraft to Venus

NASA aerospace agency has long been interested in the sky of Venus. The space agency instructed the Colorado company Black Swift Technologies to develop an aircraft for atmospheric observations of Venus. “Black Swift Technologies provided air solutions for wild land fires, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes – the most extreme phenomena on Earth,” says BST CEO Jack Elston. “This mission will be a natural continuation of our developments, only now we will focus on the extreme conditions of Venus.”


As a specialized engineering firm, BST will provide a specially developed scientific aerial platform. The company offers a planetary air transport based on the “dynamic pairing”, which takes advantage of the wandering winds to create traction and speed set. On Earth, small vehicles usually use dynamic soaring, like seabirds migrating over long distances.

“Our solution will not only survive the harsh wind conditions, but also make a targeted sampling of the atmosphere with continuous extraction of energy, even on the dark side of the planet, says Alston.

Despite the fact that the surface temperature of Venus is higher than on any other planet in the solar system (467 degrees Celsius), atmospheric pressure and temperature at an altitude of 50-65 kilometers approximately The same as on Earth.

The upper layers of Venus resemble terrestrial conditions more than even the dry and cold surface of Mars.

The atmosphere of Venus consists mostly of carbon dioxide and nitrogen and is much denser and hotter than the earth’s. The upper layers of the atmosphere of Venus demonstrate a phenomenon called “super rotation”, they rotate much faster than the planet itself (4 earth days against 243 earth days).

As a result, winds accelerate to 360 km / h. But the wind slows down as the altitude decreases, and a light breeze is already walking on the surface of Venus (10 km / h). Planning at an altitude of 50-65 kilometers, the apparatus will feel “like a fish in water.”

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