(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
France has abandoned plans to create, together with Russia, a
device for the orbiter that India plans to launch to Venus, Oleg
Korablev, deputy director of the Space Research Institute of the
Russian Academy of Sciences for the ExoMars project, head of the
Planetary Physics department of the Space Research Institute of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, told TASS , Trend reports.
The device is intended to study the atmosphere of Venus by
spectroscopy. Some of the components were supposed to be
'We have solved this issue [with components], we are conducting
all the preparatory stages, [we are also] looking for suppliers,
everything is in order,' Korablev said, 'Unfortunately, the French
Space Agency announced that they are no longer interested in
participating in this project, but we can buy everything
Deputy Director of the Space Research Institute said that this
option has already been agreed upon with Roscosmos. The key
element, the detector, will be Russian-made. 'In principle, there
is also a Chinese analogue, but now we want to use a Russian one,'
According to him, the French side initially planned to pay for
the purchase of the detector. 'Roscosmos approached the whole thing
with understanding, with aspiration,' Korablev added, 'We agreed on
new estimates, the costs; Russia itself will buy these components.
And, accordingly, not of French manufacture'.
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