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 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 major review of PSM activity, the L2/L3 Requirements Review, successfully kicked-off on Friday 29th November. This internal review, which is run completely by the PLATO Mission Consortium and has only limited input from ESA, is assessing the requirements for the L2 & L3 data processing pipelines, the systems that take PLATO light curves and identify planetary candidates, confirm planetary systems, and derive stellar properties.
The initial phase of the review concludes on the 20th of December, and the review runs until the end of February 2020.