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Key technology for ESA's exoplanet-hunting PLATO spacecraft has passed a trial by vacuum to prove the mission will work as planned. This test replica of an 80-cm high, 12-cm aperture camera spent 17 days inside a thermal vacuum chamber.
Published: 5 March 2021
The first batch of charge-coupled devices, or CCDs, to be flown on ESA's PLATO space observatory was accepted by ESA last month. This is an important milestone on the road to creating a groundbreaking spacecraft that will detect Earth-sized exoplanets in orbit around nearby stars.
Published: 11 April 2019
The construction of ESA's PLATO mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany's OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project.
Published: 4 October 2018
The purpose of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is to solicit proposals for Community Scientists in the PLATO mission. This AO is open to scientists affiliated with institutes located in ESA Member States. Letters of Intent are due 26 April 2018, 12:00 (noon) CEST. The deadline for proposals is 23 May 2018, 12:00 (noon) CEST.
Published: 11 April 2018
The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the PLATO exoplanet hunter moves into development.
Published: 20 June 2017
From 5-7 September 2017, scientists will gather at the University of Warwick, UK, for a conference dedicated to examining the entire range of science enabled by the PLATO mission.
Published: 18 June 2017
The "PLATO 2.0 Science Conference" will be held in Taormina, Italy, on 3-5 December, 2014. It will bring together experts already involved or willing to collaborate to the preparation of the mission to share ideas and to highlight the potential contribution of PLATO 2.0 to (exo-)planetology in the next decades.
Published: 26 September 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.
Published: 19 February 2014
Decision time is nearing for the scientific community as the deadline for selection of ESA's third medium class scientific mission approaches.
Published: 24 January 2014
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.
Published: 19 April 2013
Published: 22 July 2010
Published: 22 July 2010
Dark energy, habitable planets around other stars, and the mysterious nature of our own Sun, have been chosen by ESA as candidates for two medium-class missions to be launched no earlier than 2017.
Published: 19 February 2010
A series of formal presentations on the 6 medium-class candidate missions in the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan was made to a large gathering of Europe's scientific community on 1 December.
Published: 2 December 2009
ESA has issued a "Call for Declarations of Interest in Science Instrumentation" for the M-class Cosmic Vision mission studies Cross Scale, Marco Polo, Plato, and Euclid.
Published: 5 May 2008
Published: 19 October 2007
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