The PLATO consortia
The PLATO science consortium:
A world-wide PLATO science consortium will soon be setup, whose tasks
will include the scientific preparation and exploitation of PLATO. In
particular, the PLATO science consortium will conduct the following
activities, some of them in close collaboration with the PLATO payload
- assessment of the scientific performances of the PLATO mission,
- preparation of the science programs,
- preparation of input source catalogues,
- preparation of ground based follow-up observations, including high
resolution spectroscopy, high precision radial velocity measurements,
high angular resolution photometry, interferometric observations, etc...
The PLATO science consortium may include the following members, all of
whom have co-signed the PLATO proposal to the Cosmic Vision programme:
The PLATO consortium at of June 2007
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The PLATO payload consortium:
A PLATO payload consortium will also be setup soon, whose task will be
to organize the work for the design and construction of the payload.
The members of this consortium will be laboratories and agencies
from ESA member states, with scientific and/or technical expertise in
the various elements of the PLATO science and instrumentation.
In addition, international partnership may be developed for some
elements of the payload. Preliminary discussions have been initiated with colleagues
from the US (under leadership of C. Beichman, Caltech), from India (under leadership of R. Sagar, ARIES),
from Brazil (under leadership of E. Janot-Pacheco, U.
of Sao Paulo). Recently, interest in a participation to PLATO has also
been expressed by chinese colleagues (under leadership of J. Fu, Beijing
This document gives a short
description of the PLATO payload, with some hints at a possible
breakdown of the various payload elements within a payload consortium.