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.
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Together with the CHEOPS space telescope 2748 miniaturized drawings will fly into space in the first half of 2019. The video shows how physicist Guido Bucher produced the plaques with the drawings at Berner Fachhochschule in Burgdorf. http://www.youtube.com/embed/zVZYPbFmsEQ More about CHEOPS and the children's drawings campaign: http://cheops.unibe.ch
The latest CHEOPS test campaign can be thought of as the first full dress rehearsal for in-flight mission operations.
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.
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, [...]