E2V wins European Space Agency contract

Imaging solutions provider E2V has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to develop a charge coupled device (CCD) imaging sensor for the PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) space science mission.

PLATO aims to detect planets from their transits across their host star and to characterise their host stars by studying their oscillations.

In order to achieve this aim, the mission proposes to fly a satellite with a focal plane of up to 34 mini-telescopes, each containing four large-area back-illuminated CCDs to provide ultra-high-precision photometry.