CHEOPS Homepage 2017-12-22T16:19:05+00:00

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 target for 2018.

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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It’s getting real: testing flight hardware with mission control code

December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

With the flight models of the CHEOPS spacecraft and telescope maturing, crucial tests can now be run with real hardware in place of simulations. The latest such tests involved operating the payload with the Mission [...]

Controlling the CHEOPS instrument during interface testing

December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Airbus engineers use the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) to relay instructions to the telescope instrument via the spacecraft platform.

Simulating stars in the cleanroom

December 18th, 2017|0 Comments

The silver-coloured cylindrical unit in the foreground is the optical head of one of two star trackers, mounted on the hexagonal top panel of the CHEOPS spacecraft platform for this specific test.

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