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Countdown to launch

The current schedule for the mission, as of March 2018, is as follows:

PLATO schedule as of March 2018

Current Status

PLATO was formally adopted by ESA in June 2017.

The PLATO Mission Consortium (PMC) is currently working through the various activities that need to completed as part of Phase B2. The latest major milestone was the kickoff of the IPDR on 12th October 2018.

Current efforts of the PSM Office are focused on

  • Evaluation of scientific test cases for evaluating the performance of the onboard data processing
  • Definition of the first PMC internal review for the PSM and the PLATO Data Centre (PDC), which will take place in late-2019
  • Development of the document tree
  • Configuration management
  • Defining requirements for the ground-based data processing that will lead to PLATO's planetary discoveries

Phase B1

In phase B1, both the PDCR and PSRR were passed, with some very useful feedback received from ESA and the external reviewers regarding various aspects of the PMC setup and progress to that point.

Owing to various concerns, ESA slightly reduced the scope of the baseline mission from it's original incarnation. PLATO will have 24 telescopes (with 2 additional 'fast' telescopes), and will have a baseline mission duration of 4 years (though a mission extension is still available). No significant impact on science is anticipated.