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Kayser Italia contributes to the PLATO mission of ESA

October 4th ,2018. The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project. Plato, the PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars mission, will be launched in 2026 to find and study extrasolar planetary systems, with a special emphasis on rocky planets around Sun-like stars and their habitable zone – the distance from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface.

The spacecraft will be built and assembled by OHB together with Thales Alenia Space (France and the UK) and RUAG Space Switzerland; many ESA member States will also be involved in the construction of this European planet hunter. 

The eight-mechanical units of the 26 Plato telescopes, which were designed in the laboratories of the INAF, thanks to the support of the ASI, and the University of Bern are built by a RTI formed by Leonardo srl, Thales Alenia Space Turin and Medialario . The on-board computer, another part of the payload, of Italian responsibility, designed in Inaf, is developed by Kayser Italia ».



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