Status of the PLATO project and goals of the next Study phases

H. Rauer
H. Kinter/A. Salado
• Mission selection in Feb. 2014
• Payload industrial management is being assigned for
“bridging period” and B1 Phase to Kayser-Threde
• Status of payload teams, PDC, PSPM is reviewed
• „Kick-off“ Phase B1: July 16/17
PLATO Camera Management Support
Image Copyright: Mark A. Garlick. Science Credit: Carole Haswell & Andrew Norton (The Open University)
• KT Team Organization and responsibilities
• Main Phase B1 Preparation Activities
• B1 Schedule Overview:
• KT Questions to TOU team
PLATO Payload Management Key Personnel
Richard Haarmann
Bernd Schulz
PA/QA Manager
Alejandro Salado
Payload Sys. Engineering (PTC)
Hilda Kinter
Camera Project Manager (CPM)
PIPM Deputy
Valery Mogulsky
Camera Systems Engineering
Roberto Montedori
Payload AIV Manager (PAM)
Gisbert Peter
DPS Project Manager (DLR)
Main Phase B1 Preparation Activities
Phase B1 Planning
• Detail roadmap until KO Phase B1 and beyond
Synchronization of all partner activities
• Major Milestones for the Phase B1
15.-16. July 2014
Phase B1 Kick-Off
March 2015
PLATO Design Consolidation Review (PDCR)
October 2015
PLATO B1 data package delivery for SRR
November - December 2015
PLATO System Requirements Review (SRR)
March 2016
Mission Adoption & IPC approval
April 2016
Kick-off Phase B2/C/D
January 2024
PLATO Launch
Main Phase B1 Preparation Activities
Preparation B1 Kick-Off Data Package
 Establish an updated Specification Tree to define the interrelation
between the single PLATO P/L component specifications
 Basis for the traceability of single requirements and interface
 Definition of all required documents for the B1 Kick-Off
 Comparison with existing documentation to identify necessary
 Completion / annotation of existing specifications
 Utilization as applicable documents for the B1 work upon PDCR
Phase B1
• 1st P/L Meeting has been on 06./07.05.2014
– Bring P/L consortium together
– Start to resume P/L teams
• Phase B1 KO is scheduled for 16./17.07.2014
– Official Start of Phase B1
– All work packages are already defined
– Tasks to be done between KO and 2nd P/L Consortium
Meeting will be defined
• 2nd P/L Meeting proposed Fall 2014
– All specifications and belonging annotations/supplements
are available as basis for the B1 development work
PLATO Phase B1 Schedule
Overview of major Phase B1 Deliverables
* Drafts of TOU Requirements Specification, Camera
Development & Verification Plan, List of Deliverables,
2nd P/L Meeting
* First issue of above documents
Progress report + specified deliverables
Progress report + specified deliverables
PDCR delivery
Progress report + specified deliverables
Progress report + specified deliverables
Progress report + specified deliverables
Progress report + specified deliverables
SRR delivery
Camera Reports, models, Camera URDs and I/F
* drafts to be prepared by KT
Specified deliverables defined in the List of Deliverables, which may include Camera
Reports (design, budgets, performance, straylight, thermal, structural, risk assessment),
MAIV plan, Management Plan, mathematical models
Communication between TOU team and KT
List of all deliverables to be defined and finalised by 2nd P/L Meeting
PMs to be held at TOU site or by Webex. Required documents and Progress
Reports including status of AIs to be delivered at least five working days before
the meeting
Regular bi-weekly telecons between TOU lead team and KT:
brief discussion of working progress, identified problems, needed inputs
the traceability of single requirements and interface management
Meeting when necessary with other Camera/Payload/PLATO teams by Webex
(organised by KT). For critical topics, like I/F discussions, face to face meeting
are preferable
Payload Camera Subsystem Status Summary:
Goals Phase B1
Goals Phase B1:
To achieve a sufficient level of
technical maturity to ensure
a successful SRR.
system requirements for the
selected architectures
successfully validated
system requirements derived
confidence on the readiness
levels of various technologies.
consolidating the requirements on system
and subsystem level and their traceability
consolidating internal interfaces, assessing
requirements for external interfaces
consolidating performance models
consolidating and defining operational
modes of the payload and its various
subsystems and components.
validating the set of system and subsystem
Establish a verification strategy consistent
with programmatic limitations and required
scientific value.
Develop technology maturation programs
in order to achieve the required TRL levels
at SRR
Telescope Optical Unit (TOU) Status Summary:
• Team?
Several Institutions (INAF, Univ. Bern, Stockolm Obs., Univ. Firenze) +
Industrial Partners (Selex , Medialario-Sagem, Seso, RUAG, APCO
Technologies) led by INAF (Interface to Camera team)
• Current Status?
– Optical Design + options available
– Breadboard/Prototypes: TOU AIV procedure already performed
(TOU Optical and Thermal Performance)
– Further Breadboard with AIV and thermal behavior identified
AIV procedures under development with serial production in mind
• Next Steps?
– Answer MEMO questions
Issues/questions to the TOU Team
Image Copyright: Mark A. Garlick. Science Credit: Carole Haswell & Andrew Norton (The Open University)
Main Phase B1 Preparation Activities
Questions to/inputs from TOU team:
– List of TOU team including percentage allocation for PLATO
– Is there a Central point for Camera document collection?
– List of available technical documents:
– List of MEMO Questions
Component I/Fs
Operational modes, states, and transitions
Performance models or simulators
Behavioural models or simulators
Performance wrt requirements
Model philosophy
Assumptions employed in analyses
Requirement specification
Open issues and decisions
Current risks and their mitigation strategies

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