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ExoData: a commercially supported space telescope

Objective

ExoData will use results from the very successfull ExoMol Advanced Award which created comprehensive spectroscopic line lists to help understand and model the atmospheres of exoplanets. ExoData will help build and fund a satellite aimed at characterising exoplanet atmospheres using a cheap, agile, low earth orbit satellite mission with a launch date this decade. This mission will be part funded by
the sale of telescope data to interested international clients. This is a new business model for astonomical satellites. ExoData will (a) fund business development in partnership with a small company created
to sell telescope and other data from this mission and (b) use the results of the ExoMol project to model results from this mission and to create software and models that have potential re-sale value.
The deliverable will be funded space mission and a novel business model.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/planets/exoplanetology

Call for proposal

ERC-2015-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

University College London
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 139 454

Beneficiaries (1)

University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 139 454
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments