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Re: ESA´s M-class Cosmic Vision 2015 - 2025 candidates
« Reply #20 on: 12/10/2011 10:34 pm »
Interesting the launch date for M3 mentioned in the newsletter is 2024, two years later than previously mentioned.  Could be just the requirement for Plato but surprising it would take so long considering all the work on the mission that's already been done.

I was wondering about that myself, maybe they've delayed the whole M3 schedule. I wouldn't be surprised if the Plato newsletter just happened to be the first one to publish the new timeline. In my experience delays to ESA missions are well known within the community before they become official. Or it could be just a typo in the newsletter.

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« Reply #21 on: 01/21/2012 10:22 am »
ESA Official Says NASA Decision on Euclid Needed Before May

http://www.spacenews.com/civil/120120-esa-official-nasa-decision-euclid.html

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« Reply #22 on: 02/06/2012 04:32 pm »
http://www.spacenews.com/civil/120203-panel-endorses-euclid.html

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NASA should contribute $20 million worth of hardware to Europe’s planned Euclid dark-matter observatory, but only “in the context of a strong U.S. commitment” to the proposed Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), a panel of astrophysicists said.

The National Research Council’s Committee on the Assessment of a Plan for U.S. Participation in Euclid was asked by NASA in November to determine whether that mission would help fulfill any of WFIRST’s science objectives. The European Space Agency (ESA) wants NASA to provide near-infrared detectors for Euclid in exchange for a spot on the 12-member Euclid science team and early access to the mission’s science data.

ESA has said that if the United States wants to participate, a formal memorandum of understanding must be signed by mid-May.

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« Reply #23 on: 09/25/2012 10:47 am »
Announcement of Opportunity for the provision of scientific payload including SGS elements for the M3 mission candidates

http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=50836

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« Reply #24 on: 07/05/2013 08:02 pm »
http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/46510-cosmic-vision/?fbodylongid=2153

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The selection of the M3 mission is planned to take place in February 2014, with one single mission selected for implementation. Mission adoption is planned to take place in 2015.

The PLATO mission joins ECHO, LOFT, Marco-Polo-R and STE-QUEST as the five candidate missions for the M3 launch opportunity.

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« Reply #25 on: 10/24/2013 07:28 pm »
http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53109-cosmic-vision-m3-candidate-missions-presentation-event/

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The mission concepts are nearing the completion of their Assessment Phase study activities, and the Advisory Structure to the ESA Science Programme will be asked, in January 2014, to recommend which of the five should be carried forward for Definition Phase activities. The Science Programme Committee will then decide on the matter in February of 2014.

In view of this selection, the five M3-mission concepts EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO, and STE-QUEST will be presented to the scientific community on 21 January 2014, at the Institut Océanographique de Paris.


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« Reply #27 on: 01/20/2014 12:56 pm »
This article suggests one of the candidates will be *chosen* tomorrow.  I thought tomorrow was only a presentation of the five candidate?

http://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/space_academy/20140117.OBS2881/plato-la-sonde-traqueuse-d-exoplanete-et-d-exolunes.html

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« Reply #28 on: 01/20/2014 01:10 pm »
I believe the SSAC will decide on its recommendation to ESA during tomorrow's meeting too. As it's highly unusual for the recommendation to be rejected it effectively means that mission will be selected.

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« Reply #29 on: 01/20/2014 04:13 pm »
According to ESA's last Press Release

http://www.esa.int/For_Media/Press_Releases/ESA_activities_in_2014_of_interest_to_media

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Result of Cosmic Vision M-class mission down-selection

ESA selected in February 2011 five candidates for a medium-class mission – M3 – for a launch opportunity in 2024 (EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R, PLATO and STE-QUEST). The Science Programme Committee members will make their final decision on the M3 mission during their February meeting.

Location: Press release on www.esa.int
Expected date: 19–20 February
 

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« Reply #30 on: 01/25/2014 05:19 pm »
Knew I wasn't going mad...

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/53627-decision-time-nears-for-m3-mission-candidates/

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Immediately after the presentation meeting on 21 January, ESA's Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC) met to evaluate the candidate missions and to make a recommendation to the Science Programme Executive about which concept should be carried forward for Definition Phase activities.



The final decision will be 19-20 February, but we may get a leak regarding the recommendation before then, that's what happened in previous competitions IIRC.

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« Reply #31 on: 01/25/2014 07:08 pm »
Interesting that there are two exoplanet focused missions represented in the candidate list

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« Reply #32 on: 01/26/2014 01:02 pm »
Forgot to mention, apparently STE-Quest was knocked out of the running due to scheduling issues with the payload.  So then there were four...

http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency/missions/m3-candidate-missions

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In February 2011 EChO, LOFT, MarcoPolo-R and STE-Quest were selected for assessment phase studies, though STE-Quest was removed from the competition in January 2014 due to technical readiness issues.




Interesting that there are two exoplanet focused missions represented in the candidate list

Still may not get one selected though, based on the reports I'd say it's looking like the sample return mission is favoured.
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« Reply #33 on: 01/29/2014 06:00 pm »
Looks like I was wrong, SSAC chose PLATO!  ;D

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25911893

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Plato planet-hunter in pole position

A telescope to find thousands of planets beyond our Solar System is the hot favourite for selection as Europe's next medium-class science mission.

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« Reply #34 on: 01/29/2014 07:49 pm »
The final slides that were presented are here: http://t.co/fZ50cniXfs

On my tablet, so please feel free to download and attach properly as I don't seem able to on this device:-/

--- Tony
EDIT: looks like the file is no longer available.  However, I have it on my tablet.  Is there somewhere on L2 where it can be uploaded to?
EDIT 2: finally managed to transfer the file to a PC and upload
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« Reply #35 on: 01/30/2014 02:45 am »
There was nice presentation on PLATO at the last Kepler conference http://nexsci.caltech.edu/conferences/KeplerII/agenda.shtml (scroll down to Nov 6, archived video)

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« Reply #36 on: 01/30/2014 09:22 am »
BBC news article stating that PLATO is considered the front runner here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25911893

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« Reply #37 on: 01/31/2014 01:05 pm »
« Last Edit: 01/31/2014 01:06 pm by bolun »

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« Reply #38 on: 02/01/2014 12:05 pm »
The final slides that were presented are here: http://t.co/fZ50cniXfs

On my tablet, so please feel free to download and attach properly as I don't seem able to on this device:-/

--- Tony
EDIT: looks like the file is no longer available.  However, I have it on my tablet.  Is there somewhere on L2 where it can be uploaded to?
EDIT 2: finally managed to transfer the file to a PC and upload

Also available here in PDF version

http://www.oact.inaf.it/plato/PPLC/Home.html
« Last Edit: 02/01/2014 12:08 pm by bolun »

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