Main category for News posts (show on welcome & news site)

Steady progress for CHEOPS

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/

Steady progress for CHEOPS 2017-06-22T10:13:15+00:00

Swiss government visits 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 [...]

Swiss government visits CHEOPS 2017-06-22T10:13:15+00:00

The Universe from a Child’s Perspective

“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 [...]

The Universe from a Child’s Perspective 2017-06-22T10:13:16+00:00

CHEOPS Science Workshop #4

The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) will be dedicated to search for transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. It is the first S-class mission from ESA. CHEOPS will have a nominal lifetime of 3.5 years, with launch-readiness targeted for 2018. The CHEOPS scientists meet from 21 until [...]

CHEOPS Science Workshop #4 2016-12-19T10:29:26+00:00

Delivery of the instrument engineering model

The CHEOPS spacecraft continues its fast-track implementation with the delivery of the instrument Engineering Model for integration on the satellite Electrical and Functional Model. Read more on the ESA website. CHEOPS flight platform during harness integration. Credit: ADS - Spain  

Delivery of the instrument engineering model 2017-06-22T10:13:16+00:00

CHEOPS-Children’s Drawings Campaign

The flying drawings are selected! The children drawings campaign was very successful. Switzerland and the other participating countries received thousands of drawings of which we now drew the selection of 3000 winning entries (lottery) that will be flying together with CHEOPS into space. Is your drawing among them? You can check quickly by following this [...]

CHEOPS-Children’s Drawings Campaign 2017-06-22T10:13:16+00:00

Vibration Test at RUAG Space

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: [...]

Vibration Test at RUAG Space 2016-03-10T16:07:10+00:00

CHEOPS assembly at Airbus

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

CHEOPS assembly at Airbus 2016-03-10T16:06:07+00:00

Successful CHEOPS test

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 [...]

Successful CHEOPS test 2015-12-14T12:13:51+00:00