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PLATO (Spacecraft)

Mission typeSpace observatory
OperatorESA
Websitesci .esa .int /web /plato /
Mission duration4 years (plus 4 years of possible mission extensions)
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerOHB System AG
Launch mass2,134 kg (4,705 lb) including 103 kg of propellant
Payload mass533 kg (1,175 lb)
Power1,950 W
Start of mission
Launch date2026 (planned)
RocketAriane 62
Launch siteKourou ELA-4
ContractorArianespace
Orbital parameters
Reference systemSun-Earth L 2
Main
TypeMultiple refractors
Diameter26 telescopes, 120 mm each
Collecting area2,250 deg 2
WavelengthsVisible spectrum : 500 to 1,000 nm
Twitter@platomissioncon

The main goal of PLATO is to open a new way in exoplanetary science by finding earthbound exoplanets and qualifying their mass properties, including planets in the habitable area of Sun-like stars. Comprehending planet habitability is a true multi-disciplinary effort. PLATO will set up the first brochure of confirmed and characterised planets with recognized mean thickness, make-ups, and evolutionary ages/stages, consisting of planets in the habitable area of their host stars. The purpose of observing solar like stars leads straight to the functional need to point the electronic cameras' mean LoS continuously at a stellar target field for one to two years.

The main demands for the PLATO spacecraft can be originated from the objective goals and requirements over. The Operations and FDIR style of the PLATO spacecraft has been reviewed thoroughly Ref.

The SVM Satellite Service Module includes the classical S/C subsystems to support the PLM Payload Module by giving structural support, command and data administration, perspective and orbit control, thermal control, interactions, and power generation, conditioning and circulation and the payload control electronics Ref.

The PLM contains the Payload Cameras 24 normal and 2 fast video cameras, being composed of an optical head and front end electronics, the Optical Bench and corresponding harness. Located at the L2 Lagrange point, Plato will have 26 of these video cameras pointing at the same target stars. Each telescope video camera will host four CCDs producing 20. 3 megapixel images amounting to 81. 4 megapixels per typical cam and 2. 11 gigapixels for the general spacecraft-the most pixels ever for a space goal. First the group had to know their cam style was audio. To get to the high optical precision called for, the focal size of each Plato cam will be readjusted through very slight temperature level shifts, causing it to shrink or broaden.

And now the fundamental design is verified, we'll continue to optical testing of engineering versions of the cam, in addition to data processing checks, Then in the summer a full-scale STM of the Plato spacecraft platform minus the cameras will undergo testing here at the ESTEC Test Centre.

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PLATO (Spacecraft) (latest news)

Space provider RUAG Space will provide the Sunshield Solar Array Subsystem for the European planet-hunting mission PLATO. Located at the L2 Lagrange factor, Plato will have 26 of these video cameras aiming at the same target stars. Each telescope electronic camera will organize four CCDs producing 20. 3 megapixel pictures adding up to 81. 4 megapixels per regular camera and 2. 11 gigapixels for the total spacecraft-the most pixels ever before for a space goal. First the group had to know their video camera layout was audio. To reach the high optical accuracy needed, the focal size of each Plato camera will be readjusted via very slight temperature changes, triggering it to reduce or increase.

Now the basic layout is confirmed, we'll continue to optical screening of engineering versions of the video camera, as well as data processing checks, Then in the summer season a full-blown STM of the Plato spacecraft platform minus the cams will go through screening below at the ESTEC Test Centre.

Another aspect is the S/C HF, a frame for raising the satellite, which will function as an intermediate part between the ALD and the entire satellite or its service component during the training procedure.

Like a lot of space engineering equipment, MGSE additionally requires remarkable accuracy and dependability. For the company, the course to success in the Polish space market is to concentrate on details particular niche areas, regularly develop them, and slowly expand the business's portfolio via the procurement of new competences and provision of high-quality end products.

MGSE, together with the mechanisms, is one of the specializations that SENER Poland establishes. The research point of the PLATO objective will be the virtual L2 factor in space. Each new contract for MGSE equipment is an essential action for us, validating the function of MGSE leader in Europe.

The planet-hunting goal PLATO of the European Space Agency is a space-based observatory to discover and research extrasolar planetary systems with focus on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars.

RUAG Space and OHB signed a contract for the Sunshield Solar Array Subsystem. A solar range contains a number of photovoltaic panels that generate electricity for the satellite. The solar selection additionally shields the 26 video cameras and digital units of the PLATO observatory from the sunlight.

For RUAG, Space, providing subsystems is a vital critical action to provide included value for a strongly changing space market. In addition, we are well acquainted with RUAG's cooperative strategy and fully confident of developing an efficient working relationship for the success of our PLATO task, included Wolfgang Paetsch, Board Member of OHB System AG.

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