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Cosmic Vision M3 candidate missions presentation event

Cosmic Vision M3 candidate missions presentation event

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Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Plan
M3 candidate missions presentation

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Institut Océanographique de Paris
195 rue Saint-Jacques
75005 Paris, France

Meeting home page:

Update 21 March 2014: Presentations from the meeting are available to download - see Programme in right-hand menu.

Update 18 December 2013: Technical Review Reports are available to download - see Related Publications in right-hand menu.

Update 17 December 2013: Assessment Study Reports are available to download - see Related Publications in right-hand menu.

Update 6 November 2013: The registration details, preliminary programme, and venue and travel pages have been added.

Following a call for missions in July 2010, ESA selected in February 2011 four candidates for a medium-class mission – M3 mission – for a launch opportunity in 2024.

The mission concepts of the four candidates (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, and STE-QUEST) are currently studied together with PLATO, retained from the previous selection round, as candidates for the M3 launch opportunity.

Details of the mission concepts are available at

The mission concepts are nearing the completion of their Assessment Phase study activities, and the Advisory Structure to the ESA Science Programme will be asked, in January 2014, to recommend which concept should be carried forward for Definition Phase activities. The Science Programme Committee will then select one mission in February of 2014.

In view of this selection, the five M3-mission concepts EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO, and STE-QUEST will be presented to the scientific community on 21 January 2014, at the Institut Océanographique de Paris (195 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris, France). The meeting is foreseen to start at 9:00 and will end at 16:30.

All interested parties (scientific community, industry, national funding agencies, etc.) are invited to attend this event. Practical details and logistic information are available at the links in the right-hand menu.

The Assessment Study Reports (also known as the Yellow Books) and the Technical Review Reports for each of the five candidates (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO and STE-QUEST) are now available to download - see Related Publications in the right-hand menu.

Please note that registration to attend the event is mandatory due to the limited capacity of the venue, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You are invited to register for this event as soon as possible, and by 10 January 2014 at the latest.

Registration must be performed through this on-line registration form (opens in new window):

Registration is closed

Olga Garcés
Director's Office
Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration
European Space Agency


The programme of the presentation meeting on 21 January 2014 is given below. Presentations (pdf format) can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the talk.

08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Introduction
09:15 - 09:45 Technical presentation of mission candidates [pdf, 6.1 MB]
09:45 - 10:30 EChO [pdf, 77.4 MB]
10:30 - 11:15 LOFT [pdf, 6.8 MB]
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15 MarcoPolo-R [pdf, 11 MB]
12:15 - 13:00 PLATO [pdf, 9.7 MB]
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch break
14:15 - 15:00 STE-QUEST [pdf, 11.4 MB]
15:00 - 15:45 Outcome of the technical and programmatic review [pdf, 344 KB]
15:45 - 16:30 Open Q&A session
16:30 End


Venue and travel

The M3 candidate missions presentation meeting will be held in Paris at:

Institut Océanographique de Paris
195 rue Saint-Jacques
75005 Paris, France 

Tel. + 33 1 44 32 10 80
Fax + 33 1 44 32 10 91



The institute is located close to the "Jardin du Luxembourg" and the Panthéon, at the corner of Rue Saint-Jacques and Rue Gay-Lussac.

A three-page information brochure [PDF] with the institute's details can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right.


Local transport
The Institut Océanographique de Paris can be reached:

  • by RER (Réseau Express Regional)
    Ligne B:   stop at Luxembourg
  • by bus
    21 or 27:  bus stop Gay-Lussac/Saint-Jacques
    38, 82 or 85:  bus stop Luxembourg
    84 or 89:  bus stop Panthéon-Soufflot


Travel and hotel reservations
Please note that participants will have to take care of their own travel and hotel reservations. If you need assistance for hotel reservations, you can contact the ESA travel agent:

ESAHQ Travel office
BCD Travel
8-10 rue Mario Nikis 75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 53 69 80 30 / Fax +33 1 44 49 05 31
Last Update: 1 September 2019
16-Apr-2024 05:20 UT

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