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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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 [...]
Airbus engineers use the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) to relay instructions to the telescope instrument via the spacecraft platform.
Picture of the week
This week the image of a point source (so-called PSF) has been determined over the full CHEOPS field of view. The telescope is defocussed on purpose to spread the light of one star over many [...]