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DAVINCI (spacecraft)

Mission type Reconnaissance
Operator NASA
Start of mission
Launch date 2021 (proposed)
Venus atmospheric probe

DAVINCI (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) is a proposed mission concept for an atmospheric probe to Venus.

DAVINCI would study the chemical composition of Venus' atmosphere during a 63-minute descent.[1][2] It would help determine whether there are active volcanoes today on the surface of Venus and how the surface interacts with the atmosphere of the planet.[1]

DAVINCI was selected on 30 September 2015 as one of five semifinalists for Mission #13 of the Discovery Program.[1] The winner will be chosen around September 2016,[3] and must be ready to launch by the end of 2021.[4][5]

The Principal Investigator is Lori Glaze of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

If selected, the mission would be entitled to a 450 million USD budget, and an additional 10 million USD would be awarded if it uses special 3D woven heat shield.[6]


See also


  1. ^ a b c Brown, Dwayne C.; Cantillo, Laurie (30 September 2015). "NASA Selects Investigations for Future Key Planetary Mission". NASA News (Washington, D.C.). Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  2. ^ Dreier, Casey; Lakdawalla, Emily (30 September 2015). "NASA announces five Discovery proposals selected for further study". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Small Bodies Dominate NASA's Latest Discovery Competition". July 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-09. 
  4. ^ Clark, Stephen (24 February 2014). "NASA receives proposals for new planetary science mission". Space Flight Now. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  5. ^ Kane, Van (December 2, 2014). "Selecting the Next Creative Idea for Exploring the Solar System". Planetary Society. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  6. ^ .Universe TodayThe DAVINCI spacecraft October 6, 2015 by Matt Williams,
  7. ^ [2]
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