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PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is the European Space Agency's M3 mission. It is designed to search for small, rocky exoplanets in the habitable zone of stars like the Sun, and will do so using the transit method. By staring at a large area of sky, PLATO will observe small changes in brightness caused by exoplanets passing in front of their host stars.
After a lot of hard work by all consortium members, PLATO was officially adopted by ESA in June 2017.
The PSM is the science management arm of the PLATO consortium. It works to ensure that the mission is able to fulfill its scientific goals, and to prepare for analysis of data collected by the satellite. The PSM also acts as the interface between the PLATO consortium and the wider scientific community.
For more information about PLATO, please explore the links above. For inquiries, please contact psmoffice[at]warwick.ac.uk
The first batch of charge-coupled devices (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 distant stars.
The CCDs will be a key element of the largest digital combined camera ever flown in space. This camera will receive light from 26 telescopes, all mounted on a single satellite platform. The first 20 CCDs for PLATO were accepted for delivery by ESA in mid-March, and the remaining 84 detectors will be delivered in further batches before the end of 2020.
“The delivery of the first detectors at this time is important because it secures the early availability of one of the key elements of the whole mission,” said Bengt Johlander, the PLATO Payload Manager for ESA.
For more details, see ESA's press release: http://sci.esa.int/plato/61280-delivery-of-first-detectors-for-platos-exoplanet-mission