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 Control System to test and validate real operational command sequences.
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Airbus engineers use the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) to relay instructions to the telescope instrument via the spacecraft platform.
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.
Engineers at the University of Bern are developing the CHEOPS space telescope. From Earth´s orbit, this telescope is supposed to measure the diameter of exoplanets which are light-years away from us and pass in front of their host star. Swiss astronomers had the idea for CHEOPS back in 2008. Testing CHEOPS in the thermal [...]
Our campaign to collect CHEOPS children drawings is completing a major milestone as the first plaques have been engraved. The article tells the story of their production and illustrates the beautiful results. First CHEOPS Plaque with engraved children's drawings Between March and October 2015, children between the age of 8 and 14 were [...]
During ten days in August 2017, the CHEOPS telescope had to withstand various tests on the shaker at the University of Bern simulating the conditions during the launch with a Soyuz rocket. The experiments were successful – a big step towards the completion of the flight model. Engineers Daniel Schaedeli and Martin-Diego Busch transport [...]
In our previous update, we reported on the delivery of the CHEOPS telescope from Florence to Bern. While the scientific payload is being assembled in Switzerland, work in Spain has focused on preparing the spacecraft platform that will carry the payload and provide power, propulsion, communications, and thermal control.
After the engineers at the University of Bern integrated and tested models of the CHEOPS space telescope, they are now working on the hardware that will actually be sent into space. In the clean room especially built for CHEOPS they are assembling the flight model of the instrument. http://www.youtube.com/embed/X4ba2M_YtVc «We are proceeding well,» says [...]
At the end of April 2017, an eagerly-awaited cargo from Italy arrived at the University of Bern: the telescope flight model of CHEOPS. The incoming inspection carried out on 3 May 2017 showed that the entire hardware had arrived intact. Checking the CHEOPS telescope tube with its 32-cm primary mirror after the journey from [...]
Cheops will be launched on a Soyuz from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The image shows the first Soyuz launch from Kourou, in 2011. (Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE/Optique Video Du CSG) Now it is clear: the space telescope CHEOPS - CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite - will be launched with a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s spaceport [...]