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Venus Science & Engineering
(VSE 311)
Cohosted by:

MultiPlanet Engineering (MPE)
Humans 2 Venus

Apply by February 15

June 12-July 29, 2023

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


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 Washington DC Area in June 2023. Attendance for most lectures and labs is mandatory to receive Certificate.

  1. Venus Science, History, and Missions

  2. Venus Atmosphere and Cloud Dynamics

  3. High Altitude Balloons & Demos on Earth

  4. APMA: Ellipsoid Models, Calculus, Geometry  

  5. Systems, robots, and aerostats

  6. IMUs, MAVs, Accelerometers, Formation Flying 

  7. 3D Vectors, GPS, Autonomous Navigation for Systems Integration

  8. Aerodynamics, Reynolds Number, Turbulence, Lift/Drag, Air Flow, inflation/deflation

  9. TRL Demos - COTS Parts, Deployment & Systems Design

  10. TTC, CDH, & Algorithms for Operations 

  11. ISRU, SOFC, In Situ Air Production

  12. Software(MATLAB, COMSOL) to model balloon dynamics/performance

  13. Propulsion: ABEP, Electric, Nuclear, etc

  14. Aerohab Design & Expansion

  15. Project Presentations

  16. Project Presentations

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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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