The CHEOPS Mission
This is the official consortium homepage of the CHEOPS mission. CHEOPS is the first S-class mission from ESA and was selected in October 2012 with a launch foreseen in the first half of 2019.
CHEOPS stands for CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite. It is a small photometric observatory to be launched into low Earth orbit to measure transits of Exo-planets. See the executive summary for a short overview.
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The latest CHEOPS test campaign can be thought of as the first full dress rehearsal for in-flight mission operations.
Members of the CHEOPS consortium could be proud of their achievement as the science instrument of the upcoming exoplanet mission left Bern on its journey to Madrid last month.
Picture of the week
The CHEOPS SC prepared for the transport to the TVTB test facility in Toulouse. The instrument is protected by a plastic bag and the solar panels by protective covers. Image courtesy of airbus.