Cosmic Vision M3 candidate missions presentation event 21 October 2013 In February 2014, the ESA Science Programme Committee will decide which of five candidate missions (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO, STE-QUEST) for the M3 launch opportunity should be carried forward to the next stage. Prior to this decision, the missions will be presented to the scientific community, on 21 January 2014, in Paris, France. Read more
The Exoplanet Characterization Observatory (EChO) is a candidate mission for the M3 launch opportunity in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. The mission is designed to measure the chemical composition and structure of hundred(s) of exoplanet atmospheres, with uninterrupted spectroscopic coverage from visible to infrared wavelengths. EChO targets will extend from gas giants (Jupiter- or Neptune-like) to super-Earths, in the very hot to temperate zones of F to M-type host stars, opening up the way to large-scale, comparitive planetology that will firmly place our own solar system in the context of other planetary systems in the Milky Way.
EChO Open Science Workshop 19 December 2012 EChO2013, an open conference about the EChO (Exoplanet Characterisation Observatory) M3 candidate mission, will be held at ESA-ESTEC on 1-3 July 2013. This international conference will provide an update on the status of EChO. The conference will be open to all the scientific, technical and industrial community, to encourage feedback in advance of the ESA Cosmic Vision review process. Read more
Announcement of Opportunity for the provision of scientific payload including SGS elements for the M3 mission candidates 24 September 2012 Proposals are solicited for the scientific payload, including Science Ground Segment (SGS) elements, of the M3 candidate missions EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, and STE-QUEST. The deadline for submission of proposals is 30 November 2012, 12:00 CET. Read more
EChO Mission Requirements Document 14 September 2012 Reference: SRE-PA/2011.038; Issue 3. This document aims at providing a complete and comprehensive list of all high level mission requirements (including spacecraft and payload, launcher, ground segment and operations) necessary to achieve the science goals detailed in the EChO Science Requirements Document (SRE-PA/2011.037). Read more
EChO External Final Presentation of the CDF study 22 July 2011 The document summarizes the study performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF), with the goals to assess the technical feasibility of the ECHO mission proposal and design an example mission compatible with achieving the science goals. Read more