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The architecture of the PLATO instrument control unit
Author(s): M. Focardi; M. Pancrazzi; E. Pace; R. Cosentino; S. Pezzuto; A. M. Di Giorgio; R. Ottensamer; A. Luntzer
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Paper Abstract

The "PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars" (PLATO) is one of the three selected candidates for the next M-class mission in the framework of the European Space Agency Cosmic Vision 2015-2025, currently expected for launching by the end of 2018. PLATO aims to find and characterize exoplanetary systems by detecting planetary transits and carrying out asteroseismology of their parent stars. The Instrument Control Unit (ICU) is part of the on-board Data Processing System and it is devoted to process and compress digital data inputs from 18 processing units, collecting analog data from 34 FPAs hosting 4 CCDs each. ICU will be also in charge of managing telemetry and telecommands to and from the Service Module (SVM) and to collect the payload's housekeeping and science data. This paper will describe the ICU architecture and functionalities addressing the mission scientific requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8167, Optical Design and Engineering IV, 81672B (22 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.896310
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M. Focardi, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
M. Pancrazzi, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
E. Pace, Univ. degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
R. Cosentino, INAF-Fundación Galileo Galilei (Spain)
S. Pezzuto, Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (Italy)
A. M. Di Giorgio, Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (Italy)
R. Ottensamer, Univ. Wien (Austria)
A. Luntzer, Univ. Wien (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8167:
Optical Design and Engineering IV
Jean-Luc M. Tissot; Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann; Jeffrey M. Raynor; Andrew Wood, Editor(s)

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