This interactive page describes the different elements of the optical bench to test and calibrate the entire optics of the CHEOPS space telescope including the CCD detector. The photo was taken in the clean room of the Physics Institute of the University of Bern and the diagram shows the optical path of the installation. To [...]
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The CHEOPS mission continues to make steady progress with a number of milestones being successfully met. In the past few months these have included the completion of the System Critical Design Review, the first EMC testing of the instrument, and the first release of the mission operations system. Read more under http://sci.esa.int/cheops/58290-5-steady-progress-for-cheops/
All seven members of the Swiss Federal Council paid the Center for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern a visit. They were informed about the important role the university plays in space projects such as CHEOPS. To kick off its annual “school trip” on July 7th, 2016, the Swiss Federal Council visited the [...]
“The Universe provides ample scope to use one’s own imagination,” says Anna Lehninger. The art historian investigates children’s drawings as a cultural asset and has had a look at the pictures resulting from the drawing campaign carried out in association with the CHEOPS mission. In early 2018, 3000 drawings will be sent with the CHEOPS [...]
When CHEOPS will be launched in 2018 it will be subjected to very high vibration loads. The vibration test of the structural model at RUAG Space in Zurich in October 2015 simulated the launch of the satellite into the earth orbit as Willem Coppoolse, Senior Project Manager at RUAG Space explains in the video. (Credit: [...]
The video shows the assembly, integration and verification (AIV) of the CHEOPS structural qualification model at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid in 2015 and the successful test campaign at facilities in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands including the baffle cover opening test. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space, EADS CASA Espacio S.L., Spain) https://youtu.be/ZenhmwqIL8k
The video shows the successful baffle cover opening test performed at Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) – Spain after the spacecraft mechanical environmental campaign. The cover, which is used to protect the telescope against environmental influences during ground operations and launch, opened as planned roughly 50 seconds after the system has been switched on. The [...]
Do you want a model of the space telescope CHEOPS for your home? Print out the cut-out sheets (recommended paperweight min. 180 g/m2 ) and build CHEOPS yourself< CHEOPS Papermodel Instructions
We have created a coloring picture for small children, which you can print and color. Coloring picture for small children
The space telescope dedicated to characterize exoplanets is taking shape. A camera installed in the clean room in Bern shows how the CHEOPS team prepares the structural and thermal model for tests in the vacuum chamber. https://youtu.be/0yVDhFiCQ0U In the huge test chamber the CHEOPS engineers run thermal cycles on the telescope's structural and thermal model [...]