Timelapse video of the installation of the CHEOPS instrument onto the platform. The instrument is lifted using the custom designed strongback onto the top panel of the spacecraft. After successful placement the mounting feet of the the telescope are securely bolted. Credit: Airbus Defense and Space, Madrid.
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The instrument has been successfully installed onto the satellite platform. In the picture, the satellite is in vertical position for alignment of the instrument: the telescope (bottom part) is being aligned to the baffle (top part with copper colour door). The alignment has been completed within the required accuracy. image courtesy of EADS CASA Espacio, [...]
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.
The CHEOPS telescope ready for final packing and shipment to Madrid where it has meanwhile been integrated onto the SC platform.
Construction of the space telescope CHEOPS is finished. The engineers from the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern will package the instrument this week and send it to Madrid, where it will be integrated on the satellite platform. CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) is to be ready to launch in early [...]