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Delivery of first detectors for PLATO

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:

Wed 24 Apr 2019, 10:07 | Tags: Payload, ESA, news, CCD, PLATO, spacecraft, Newsletter, instrument, PMC

New PLATO mission consortium website

The PLATO mission consortium has a new website -

The new website provides an overview of the PLATO mission, information about the different groups involved, science goals and requirements, development work, mission timeline, etc.

For general information about PLATO, please use the new website. PSM-specific news and updates will continue to be made available through this website.

Prime contractor selection announced

OHB System AG, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE has been selected as prime contractor for the science mission PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars (PLATO) by the European Space Agency (ESA).

During the development and the production of the PLATO satellite, OHB System will have access to the contribution of a core team consisting of Thales Alenia Space (France and UK) and RUAG Space (Switzerland)(source: OHB System AG).

The prime selection together with the upcoming Instrument Preliminary Design Review (IPDR) are important milestones towards the completion of the development phase and the start of the implementation phase next year.

Fri 04 May 2018, 09:54 | Tags: Payload, ESA, OHB, news, prime, PLATO, spacecraft, Newsletter, instrument

PLATO Week 4 and PLATO Week 5 reports

Brief reports for PLATO Week 4 (Summer 2017) and PLATO Week 5 (Autumn 2017) are now available through the Meetings page. Both PLATO Weeks included a large number of sessions that were relevant to the PSM.

The presentations from these meetings are available from the PLATO Sharepoint (sign-in required). Those relevant to the PSM will be made available through the Meeting Documents page (PSM members only, sign-in required).

10th DPA-WG meeting

The 10th meeting of the DPA-WG is taking place on October 11th and 12th, at Observatoire de Paris. Attendance is by invitation only.

Mon 25 Sep 2017, 15:21 | Tags: Payload, Meeting, PDC, PSM, DPA-WG, PLATO

PLATO Week 5 - Porto

The Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA), Universidade do Porto, Portugal will organise the fifth PLATO Week that is scheduled from 24/10/2017 to 26/10/2017. For questions concerning the local organisation please contact Please note that attendance is by invitation only.

For more information, please see the meeting website.

PLATO adopted by ESA

ESA's Science Programme Committee have agreed to adopt PLATO into the Science Programme moving forwards. Mission adoption is a big milestone for PLATO, and marks the move from a blueprint mission into a fully-realised concern.

This decision is just reward for all of the hard work put in by the PLATO team over the last several years.

Tue 20 Jun 2017, 16:39 | Tags: Payload, Exoplanets, PDC, Report, PSM, ESA, PIC, Complementary Science, news, PLATO, adoption

PLATO Week 4 - Stockholm

PLATO Week 4 will be hosted at the Albanova University Centre, Stockholm, Sweden. It will be taking place between the 20th and 22nd of June 2017. Attendance is by invitation only.

For more details, please see the meeting's website.

Thu 25 May 2017, 10:46 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Stellar Science, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, PSM, PIC, Stockholm

PLATO Week 3: Göttingen - Report

PLATO Week 3 took place at MPSSR in Göttingen between the 13th and 15th of March 2017. There were many sessions of relevance to the PSM:

  • An overview of PSM activities since the last meeting, presented by the PSM Coordinator, Don Pollacco.
  • A joint PSM-PDC plenary session, which included presentations on the L1 on-ground processing chain, Exoplanet Science and Stellar Science requirements on L1 data, and a working model for interactions between the two bodies.
  • A splinter session on candidate ranking and follow-up
  • A splinter session on PMC System Wide tools, with reference to PSM tools for content management, version control, action items, and requirement tracking moving forwards.
  • A splinter session on the PDC Database organisation
  • A splinter session on support tools for data analysis.

The presentations from these sessions, and from all of the other sessions at PLATO Week 3, can be found at the meeting's webpage, and through the detailed information for this news item.

PLATO Week 3: Göttingen

PLATO Week 3 will be hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Germany. It will be taking place between the 13th and 15th of March. Attendance is by invitation only.

UPDATE: Information regarding the meeting can be found at the meeting's website.

Tue 17 Jan 2017, 14:06 | Tags: The PLATO 2,0 project, PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, PSM, Göttingen

PLATO Week 2: Rome - report

PLATO Week 2 took place at ASI in Rome between the 8th and 10th of November 2016. The PSM held several joint sessions with the PDC, during which discussions focussed on the high-level schedule for developing the on-ground data processing pipeline.

Minutes for the PSM-PDC sessions can be found on the Publications page, along with the slides that were shown during the meeting.

PLATO Week 2: Rome

The second PLATO Week will be held from the 8th to the 10th of November at the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) in Rome. Detailed information can be found on the meeting's webpage (click the news item title).

The Local Organizer is Isabella Pagano:

If you are intending to come to the meeting, please register using the link on the webpage at least 2 weeks before the meeting. Registration is mandatory.


Fri 30 Sep 2016, 15:42 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, PLATO week, PDC, Rome, ASI, PSM

PLATO Mission Conference 2017

The University of Warwick (UK) will be hosting the PLATO Mission Conference 2017: exoplanets in the PLATO era. The conference will take place between the 5th and 7th of September 2017. Further details to come.

PLATO Week 1: Leuven

The University of Leuven is hosting the first ever PLATO Week between 18.07.16 and 20.07.16

Further information can be found at the webpage (click the news item heading)

Tue 05 Jul 2016, 10:48 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Meeting, Leuven, PLATO week, PDC, PSM

Payload Progress Meeting 5

The 5th PLATO Progress Meeting is taking place on April 25-27 2016, at the Munich South Holiday Inn. This meeting also acts as the kick-off to phase B2 of the project.

Mon 25 Apr 2016, 11:24 | Tags: PLATO 2.0, Payload, Payload Meeting, PSM

PLATO Payload Meeting 4

The PLATO Payload Team are having their 4th face-to-face meeting in Berlin, April 16th - 17th 2015.

Thu 16 Jul 2015, 21:13 | Tags: The PLATO 2,0 project, PLATO 2.0, Payload, Payload Meeting, Update