The COROT (Convection Rotation ŕ Transits planétaires / Convection Rotation and planetary Transits) instrument, an afocal telescope equipped by four CCD detectors, was put on a Proteus platform and launched in late 2006 for an at least 2 and 1/2 years mission.
COROT has two scientific objectives:
This astrophysical space experiment will enable to study, in two application domains, phenomena and objects never observed to this day.
The payload main components are:
COROT stopped sending data on 2. November 2012 due to a computer failure. Attempts to revive the observatory failed and the mission was terminated in June 2013. The satellite was finally switched off on 17 June 2014.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy|
|Equipment:||27 cm diameter telescope|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||2.5 years (minimum), 3 years (planned), 6 years (achieved)|
|Orbit:||895 km × 906 km, 90.01°|
|COROT||2006-063A||27.12.2006||Ba LC-31/6||Souyz-2-1b Fregat|