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Venus Science & Engineering
(VSE 311)
Cohosted by:

MultiPlanet Engineering (MPE)
Humans 2 Venus

Apply by March 5 for a scholarship

June 12-July 29, 2023
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Learn how to design, build, and operate systems, robots, and aerostats in Venus atmosphere. Immersive 8-week R&D experience (mostly online) to design and support aerostat balloon TRL demo on Earth and later in Venus clouds. Cohort assembles and launches high altitude balloon demo(s) with 2-5kg+ payload during in-person component (optional) of course for 3-7+ days in June/July 2023. With part of Program budget toward materials and build of high altitude balloon demo  with recoverable payload up to 25-45km in Earth atmosphere in July/August, apply engineering and aerospace principles and math, to model flight performance, turbulence, materials performance, and more.



~5 hrs /week

4 Full Scholarships

10+ Lecturers

R&D Project-based

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Kolemann Lutz

Cofounder,  MU 

MultiPlanet Engineering

Contact Information

Kole Lutz
Program Coordinator,



Scientist & Engineer,

NASA Glenn Research Center


Scientist & Engineer,

Direction, Humans 2 Venus 


Cofounder, Humans 2 Venus


Creator, Venus Academy

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Researcher, NASA JPL

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Terry Rector

Senior Project Leader,

Aerospace Corporation

Curriculum Schedule

The Certificate course provides up to 5 hours per week of live synchronous instruction with 75/25 Lectures/Labs(research).  With 10+ guest lecturers and instructors, the Course is designed to fit the schedule of young professionals and full-time students. Cohort builds and launches high altitude balloon during In-person component (optional) of course for 3-7+ days in July 2023. Attendance for most lectures and labs is mandatory to receive Certificate.

  1. Background to Venus

  2. Venus Atmosphere,Cloud Dynamics, Turbulence

  3. Spacecraft Engineering / HERRO design study

  4. High Altitude Balloons & Demos on Earth/Venus

  5. DAVINCI Mission, Turbulence Models

  6. High Temp Electronics

  7. Surface Systems, Exploration, Landers

  8. New Space economy, Humans2Venus

  9. APMA: Models, Equations

  10. High Altitude Balloon Demos

  11. HAB Balloon Launch Overview, COTS Subsystems

  12. Microbial Life

  13. Venus Cloud Wind Simulation Chamber

  14. Project Presentations

  15. Balloon Assembly and Launch

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PreProgram 2023 Timeline

January 26: Open House Webinar
February 15: Apply by
June 12-July 29: VSE311 Program

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