ESA Science & Technology - MarcoPolo-R
MarcoPolo-R was a candidate mission for the M3 launch opportunity in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. The aim of the mission was to collect a pristine sample from a primitive near-Earth asteroid - the foreseen target was asteroid 2008 EV5 - and return it to Earth for in-depth investigation in laboratories. The sample returned by MarcoPolo-R would have given new depth to our understanding of the early Solar System and of other near-Earth asteroids. In February 2014 the PLATO mission was selected for the M3 launch opportunity.
21 October 2013The five M3-candidate missions (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO, STE-QUEST) were presented to the scientific community on 21 January 2014, in Paris, France. The presentations given at this event are available to download now.
Announcement of Opportunity for the provision of scientific payload including SGS elements for the M3 mission candidates
24 September 2012Proposals 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.
18 December 2013Reference: ESA-MPR-REP-0003, Issue 1, Revision 2. MarcoPolo-R, a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) sample return mission, 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...
17 September 2012Reference: 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...
4 November 2011Reference: 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.
8 November 2011This is a summary of the study performed at ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) into the M-class candidate mission MarcoPolo-R.
3 December 2010This 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.