ESA selects planet-hunting PLATO mission 19 February 2014 A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected today as ESA's third medium-class science mission. It is planned for launch by 2024. Read more
PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) is a candidate mission for the M3 launch opportunity in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. Its objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars. PLATO has also been designed to investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling the precise characterisation of the planet host star, including its age.
Cosmic Vision M3 candidate missions presentation event 21 October 2013 In February 2014, the ESA SPC will decide which of five M3-candidate missions (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO, STE-QUEST) 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. The Assessment Study Reports and Technical Review Reports are available now. Read more
PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop - Announcement 19 April 2013 The "PLATO 2.0 Science Workshop" will be held at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, on 29-31 July, 2013. The workshop is open to the interested community and will examine the impact that PLATO will make on all areas of exoplanet, stellar, and legacy science areas. Read more
PLATO Preliminary Requirements Review Technical Report 18 December 2013 Reference: SRE-F/2013.075/, Issue 1, Revision 1. PLATO, an Exoplanet mission devoted to PLAnetary Transit and Oscillations of stars, is one of five candidate missions for the M3 launch opportunity. A Preliminary Requirements Review (PRR) of all candidate missions has been performed to review their status in support of the M3 selection. This document reports the results of the technical and programmatic review for the PLATO mission candidate. Read more
PLATO Payload Definition Document 20 May 2008 The purpose of the Payload Description Document (PDD) is to provide a reference design for the industrial assessment of the PLATO payload. On this basis the PLATO PDD represents a Reference Document to the Statement of Work released for the industrial assessment study of the PLATO Project. Read more