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 Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT) is a candidate mission for the M3 launch opportunity in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. LOFT is designed to study the behaviour of matter in close proximity to black holes and neutron stars. High-time-resolution X-ray observations will be used to investigate strong-field gravity, to measure black hole masses and spins, and to study the equation of state of ultra-dense matter.
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
LOFT Mission Requirements Document 11 February 2013 Reference: SRE-F/2012-076/RQ/MA; Issue: 3, Revision: 6. This document aims at providing a complete and comprehensive list of all high level mission requirements (including S/C and payload, launcher, ground segment and operations) necessary to achieve the science goals detailed in the LOFT Science Requirements Document (SRE-SA/LOFT/2011-001, Issue 1, Rev.7). Read more
LOFT Science Requirements Document 19 September 2012 Reference: SRE-SA/LOFT/2011-001; Issue: 2, Revision 2. This document records the scientific requirements for the Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT). These are the reference requirements through which the Mission Requirements Document will be derived. Read more
LOFT Payload Definition Document 09 October 2012 Reference: SRE-PA/2011.088/; Issue:2, Revision: 4. This Payload Definition Document describes the consolidated instrument designs of the Large Area Detector (LAD) and the Wide Field Monitor (WFM) proposed for LOFT. The current issue (2.0) describes the status of the instruments at the time of the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the LOFT mission study phase. Read more