11, August 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9031
Open Date: 07/07/2017
Closing Date: 08/12/2017 13:00:00


Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.164.05
Prog. Ref.: Plato Development
Budget Ref.: E/0435-01 – Plato Development
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Satellites & Probes / Other
Techology Domains: Others
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate of Science
Department: Projects Department
Contract Officer: Muehlmann, Prisca
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A – Not apply
Last Update Date: 26/07/2017
Update Reason: Loaded a new Clarification (English version)

The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars mission (PLATO) is the M3 mission in ESAs Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme that was selected by the Science Programme Committee at its 143rd meeting (ESA/SPC(2014)6).PLATO aims at finding and characterising a large number of extra solar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of the terrestrial planets in the habitable zone aroundbright solar-like stars. PLATO also aims at investigating seismic activity in stars, enabling the precise characterisation of the planets host star, including its age. PLATO will determine with unprecedented accuracy planet radii, stellar irradiation, architecture of planetary systems and evolutionary ages/stages. In combination with ground-based observations, and thanks to the brightness ofits targets, PLATO will provide accurate planetary masses and mean densities. Moreover, PLATOs asteroseismology observations of alarge number of different types of stars will significantly contribute to the advancement of stellar interior and evolution models.PLATO will also carry out an extensive complementary science programme that will address a broad range of astronomy topics.In order to achieve its science objectives, PLATO relies on high-precision photometry to produce a large sample of accurate stellar light curves, obtained over time intervals of months to several years, with a high duty cycle. The planet transit signal and the parent star oscillations are both derived from analysis of the light curve, enabling the detection of transiting planets, the determination oftheir radii and orbital parameters, and the characterisation of their host star. The scientific payload of PLATO will be developed and provided by a European scientific consortium (the PLATO Mission Consortium – PMC). It consists of 26 Cameras, comprising CCDsprocured by the Agency (ESA/IPC(2016)1,add.22) that are located in their focal planes, associated digital and analogue electronics,and optics.PLATO will be launched from the Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, with a medium size launcher vehicle into a direct transferto a large orbit around the second Lagrangian Point (L2) of the sun-earth system.

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