Dr. Jeff Volosin, NASA Goddard describes the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).
The first month of orbiting space telescope data has just been dumped. 1500 transit events have been detected. 115 gigabytes of data was downloaded. The expectations is that there will be 100-200 confirmed exoplanets in this first batch of data.
They are also finding new supernova and asteroids and other objects.
The Kepler space telescope only looked at 0.25% of the sky. TESS will look at the whole sky.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 200,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. No ground-based survey can achieve this feat.
After the first two-years, they will be able to focus on any area of the sky.
They got placed into the right orbit and did not need to use fuel to adjust the orbit. They currently have about 100 years worth of fuel. Fuel is needed to dump momentum.
The data will be provided to the public so all astronomers (including amateurs) can look through the data.