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The instrument control unit of the ESA-PLATO 2.0 mission
Author(s): M. Focardi; S. Pezzuto; R. Cosentino; G. Giusi; M. Pancrazzi; V. Noce; R. Ottensamer; M. Steller; A. M. Di Giorgio; E. Pace; P. Plasson; G. Peter; I. Pagano
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Paper Abstract

PLATO 2.0 has been selected by ESA as the third medium-class Mission (M3) of the Cosmic Vision Program. Its Payload is conceived for the discovery of new transiting exoplanets on the disk of their parent stars and for the study of planetary system formation and evolution as well as to answer fundamental questions concerning the existence of other planetary systems like our own, including the presence of potentially habitable new worlds. The PLATO Payload design is based on the adoption of four sets of short focal length telescopes having a large field of view in order to exploit a large sky coverage and to reach, at the same time, the needed photometry accuracy and signalto- noise ratio (S/N) within a few tens of seconds of exposure time. The large amount of data produced by the telescope is collected and processed by means of the Payload’s Data Processing System (DPS) composed by many processing electronics units. This paper gives an overview of the PLATO 2.0 DPS, mainly focusing on the architecture and processing capabilities of its Instrument Control Unit (ICU), the electronic subsystem acting as the main interface between the Payload (P/L) and the Spacecraft (S/C).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042Y (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231658
Show Author Affiliations
M. Focardi, INAF - OAA Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
S. Pezzuto, INAF - IAPS Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Italy)
R. Cosentino, INAF - FGG Galileo Galilei Foundation (Spain)
G. Giusi, INAF - IAPS Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Italy)
M. Pancrazzi, INAF - OAA Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
V. Noce, INAF - OAA Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)
R. Ottensamer, Univ. of Vienna (Austria)
M. Steller, IWF - Space Research Institute (Austria)
A. M. Di Giorgio, INAF - IAPS Institute of Space Astrophysics and Planetology (Italy)
E. Pace, Univ. of Florence (Italy)
P. Plasson, LESIA - Lab. of Space Studies and Astrophysics Instrumentation (France)
G. Peter, DLR - German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
I. Pagano, INAF - OACt Catania Astrophysical Observatory (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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