1 August 2016 ESA’s CCD test bench for the PLATO mission
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PLATO { PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars { is the third medium-class mission to be selected in the European Space Agency (ESA) Science and Robotic Exploration Cosmic Vision programme. Due for launch in 2025, the payload makes use of a large format (8 cm x 8 cm) Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs), the e2v CCD270 operated at 4 MHz and at -70 C. To de-risk the PLATO CCD qualification programme initiated in 2014 and support the mission definition process, ESA's Payload Technology Validation section from the Future Missions Office has developed a dedicated test bench.
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Thierry Beaufort, Ludovic Duvet, Sander Bloemmaert, Frederic Lemmel, Thibaut Prod'homme, Peter Verhoeve, Hans Smit, Bart Butler, Cornelis van der Luijt, Jerko Heijnen, Ivo Visser, "ESA’s CCD test bench for the PLATO mission", Proc. SPIE 9915, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII, 991521 (1 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232343; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232343


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