Overview and status of the Kepler Mission

David G. Koch, William Borucki, Edward Dunham, John Geary, Ronald Gilliland, Jon Jenkins, David Latham, Eric Bachtell, Dan Berry, William Deininger, Riley Duren, Thomas N. Gautier (+8 others)
2004 Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes  
The Kepler Mission is a search for terrestrial planets specifically designed to detect Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of solar-like stars. In addition, the mission has a broad detection capability for a wide range of planetary sizes, planetary orbits and spectral types of stars. The mission is in the midst of the developmental phase with good progress leading to the preliminary design review later this year. Long lead procurements are well under way. An overview in all areas is
more » ... all areas is presented including both the flight system (photometer and spacecraft) and the ground system. Launch is on target for 2007 on a Delta II.
doi:10.1117/12.552346 fatcat:kujhbsbwubghjjltzefyxgz7sq