The Vega project: A space mission to Venus and Halley’s comet

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The launch of the Soviet space probes Vega 1 and Vega 2 to explore Venus, including its atmosphere, and flyby Halley’s comet, a rare guest in the inner Solar System, added a vivid page to the history of space exploration. This paper is dedicated to Designer General Vyacheslav M. Kovtunenko.

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Correspondence to V. P. Dolgopolov.

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Original Russian Text © V.P. Dolgopolov, K.M. Pichkhadze, K.G. Sukhanov, 2011, published in Vestnik FGUP NPO imeni S.A. Lavochkina, 2011, No. 5, pp. 41–50.

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Dolgopolov, V.P., Pichkhadze, K.M. & Sukhanov, K.G. The Vega project: A space mission to Venus and Halley’s comet. Sol Syst Res 46, 568–577 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0038094612070106

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Keywords

  • Vega 1
  • Vega 2
  • lander
  • flyby spacecraft
  • autostabilized platform
  • balloon probe