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Venus Life Finder (VLF)

Venus Life Finder (VLF) [Rocket Lab]

Venus Life Finder (VLF) is a small direct Venus entry probe with a single 1 kg instrument riding on satellite bus based on their Kick Stage Upper stage of the Electron rocket.

The probe mission will spend approximately 5 minutes in the Venus cloud layers, 48-60 km above the surface, collecting in situ measurements. To search for organic molecules in cloud particles and constrain particle composition, a low-mass, low-cost autofluorescing nephelometer will be used.

The Rocket Lab mission to Venus was originally scheduled to launch in May 2023, but was delayed to January 2025.

Nation: New Zealand
Type / Application: Venus probe
Operator: Rocket Lab
Contractors: Rocket Lab
Equipment: Entry capsule
Configuration: Explorer (Photon-IP) bus
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: Solar orbit
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Venus Life Finder (VLF) - 2025 OnS Electron Photon-IP


  • Richard French, Christophe Mandy, Richard Hunter, Ehson Mosleh, Doug Sinclair, Peter Beck, Sara Seager, Janusz J. Petkowski et al and on behalf of the Rocket Lab Venus Team: Rocket Lab Mission to Venus

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