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Venus Flagship Mission Study
VDRM Carrier
Artist concept of the VDRM carrier
  • Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-551 (5 m diameter fairing)
  • Mass (CBE + Cont.): 5578 kg (wet) w/ entry systems; 1640 kg (wet) w/o entry systems; 1117 kg (dry) w/o entry systems; (Two entry systems: 3938 kg)
  • Design: Dual string design
  • Power: 4.4 m2 solar panels
  • Attitude Control: 3-axis stabilized; (Spin up for release of entry systems)
  • Telecom: 2.5 m dual-feed X/S-band HGA (Carrier-to-Earth to 34-m DSN antennas; and Carrier-to-in situ); 2.5 m S-band fixed HGA (Carrier-to-in situ);
  • Functions: Entry system delivery and deployment; and backup relay telecom