Overview and status of the Kepler Mission

D. Koch, W. Borucki, E. Dunham, J. Geary, R. Gilliland, J. Jenkins, D. Latham, E. Bachtell, D. Berry, W. Deininger, R. Duren, T. N. Gautier, L. Gillis, D. Mayer, C. Miller, D. Shafer, C. Sobeck, C. Stewart, M. Weiss

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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 presented including both the flight system (photometer and spacecraft) and the ground system. Launch is on target for 2007 on a Delta II.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1491-1500
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 3
StatePublished - 2004
EventOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telecopes - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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