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PLATO Science Management

Welcome to the PSM website

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 misssion is able to fulfil 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 enquiries, please contact psmoffice[at]


Fri 10 Nov '17
ATBD review ongoing

The PSM review of the onboard data processing algorithms continues.

Following the delivery of the final reports to the PDC Office and the Performance Team, the PSM Office have been working with those groups to address the action items arising from the reports. Several of these have now been closed, but there are some outstanding issues that urgently need attention. Of these, the most important is the question of scientific testing to show that the algorithms fulfil the mission's science requirements.

The PSM Office circulated an email update regarding this question, with information about how PSM members can contribute to this effort. Please get in touch via email if you have not received this.

Information, and a list of next steps, is available on the Reviews page of the Members-only area (click the title of this news item)

Tue 20 Jun '17