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
MarcoPolo-R is a candidate mission for the M3 launch opportunity in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. The aim of the mission is to collect a pristine sample from a primitive near-Earth asteroid - the current target is asteroid 2008 EV5 - and return it to Earth for in-depth investigation in laboratories. The sample returned by MarcoPolo-R would give new depth to our understanding of the early Solar System and of other near-Earth asteroids.
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
MarcoPolo-R Mission Requirements Document 17 September 2012 Reference: SRE-PA/2011.076/MarcoPolo-R; Issue 3, Revision 2. The purpose of the MRD is to provide all high-level mission-level requirements (including spacecraft and payload, launcher, ground segment and operations) necessary to achieve the science goals detailed in MarcoPolo-R Science Requirements Document (MPR-RSSD-RS-001) for the MarcoPolo-R industrial system design studies running through 2012/2013. Read more
MarcoPolo-R Payload Definition Document 04 November 2011 Reference: SRE-PA/2011.079; Issue 1. This document describes the proposed model payload of MarcoPolo-R, a sample return mission to a near-Earth asteroid (NEA), which is currently under assessment as a candidate mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Plan. Read more
MarcoPolo-R CDF study - External Final Presentation 08 November 2011 This is a summary of the study performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) into the M-class candidate mission MarcoPolo-R. Read more
MarcoPolo-R: proposal to ESA in response to call for medium-size missions 03 December 2010 This MarcoPolo-R mission proposal was submitted in 2010 to ESA in response to the Call for medium-size (M-class) missions in the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan with a launch opportunity in the period 2020-22. Read more