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 [...]
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Christopher Broeg is project manager of the CHEOPS mission. A consortium of more than 100 scientists and engineers in eleven European countries is involved in the mission. At the University of Bern, Christopher Broeg and a team consisting of 15 members have developed, assembled and tested the space telescope over the past five years. The [...]
The winning entry of the fairing sticker competition designed by Denis Vrenko. (Credit: ESA/D. Vrenko) A colourful design by Denis Vrenko of Celje, Slovenia, will be featured on the rocket that will launch CHEOPS, the CHaracterising ExOplanets Satellite, into space. Denis Vrenko is a twenty-five year old graphics designer and final-year architecture [...]
The CHEOPS telescope has passed the final acceptance vibration. The team performing the vibration test proudly standing in front of the telescope which is still mounted on the shaker. It is protected from contamination by bagging and a clean tent.
The CHEOPS calibration bench is being prepared to calibrate the instrument. At present, the cover is being installed onto the optical bench to block out stray light contamination. Calibration will start after the last vibration of the telescope taking place this week.