All-Sky Visible and Near Infrared Space Astrometry
All-sky NIR astrometry to peer through the dust of the Milky Way to reveal the hidden regions of the Galaxy.
All-sky visible astrometry to combined with the older Gaia catalogue and a 20 year interval will give very accurate proper motions and improved parallaxes needed to measure larger distances.
Re-initialise the slowly degrading accuracy of the Gaia visible reference frame back to maximal accuracy.
The space telescope will be based on an off-axis f=35m Korsch telescope similar to that used for Gaia. New detectors are being developed that will enable Near InfraRed astrometry and will operate in Time Delayed Integration mode to accumulate the faint stellar light as the telescope scans the entire sky.
Ideally the telescope should be launched around 2045 to allow a sufficient time gap between Gaia and the new mission. The long time baseline will ensure that the accuracy of the proper motions will benefit. The mission aims to include international partners and will be suitable as an ESA Large-class or medium-class mission.
News and upcoming meetings:
- This is a short news bulletin of something cool that has happened within the project. [November 2021]
- Something about a planned meeting. [September 2021]
- This is a short news bulletin of something cool that has happened within the project. [June 2021]
- This is a short news bulletin of something cool that has happened within the project. [September 2020]