29 July 2016 The instrument control unit of the ESA-PLATO 2.0 mission
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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).
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M. Focardi, M. Focardi, S. Pezzuto, S. Pezzuto, R. Cosentino, R. Cosentino, G. Giusi, G. Giusi, M. Pancrazzi, M. Pancrazzi, V. Noce, V. Noce, R. Ottensamer, R. Ottensamer, M. Steller, M. Steller, A. M. Di Giorgio, A. M. Di Giorgio, E. Pace, E. Pace, P. Plasson, P. Plasson, G. Peter, G. Peter, I. Pagano, I. Pagano, "The instrument control unit of the ESA-PLATO 2.0 mission", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042Y (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231658; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231658
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