The Inflatable Spacecraft for Exploration of Venus

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With temperatures averaging 864 degrees Fahrenheit, Venus is a tough nut to crack when it comes to exploration solutions, but a group of engineers may have developed an ingenious solution.

Designed by a team at Northrop-Grumman and L’Garde, The Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform (VAMP) is a powered inflatable aircraft that could stay afloat in the harsh confines of Venus’s atmosphere.

The VAMP mission would see it taken into Venus’s atmosphere on the back of a carrier craft before detaching and using powered flight to move into a desired altitude. Once it arrives at this predetermined point, the inflated VAMP will be able to cruise along the powerful winds that circumnavigate the planet.

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Bottom photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform at Caltech via Outer Places.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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