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Testing CHEOPS at the University of Bern

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 [...]

Testing CHEOPS at the University of Bern 2015-10-15T14:13:23+00:00

Inspecting the first CHEOPS hardware

At the University of Bern, the first hardware for the CHEOPS space telescope was delivered and inspected. This included the support structure for the Baffle and Cover Assembly (BCA). In June, Christopher Broeg and Eduardo Hernández León had a close look at the content of the box from Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) - Spain. [...]

Inspecting the first CHEOPS hardware 2015-10-15T15:59:26+00:00

ESA: #1 CHEOPS spacecraft hardware delivery

This is the first entry in the CHEOPS Journal, a series of articles documenting milestones in the first small (S-class) mission of ESA's Science Programme. With a compressed schedule - only 5 years from mission selection to launch readiness - milestones in the CHEOPS project will pass by in quick succession. In this series we [...]

ESA: #1 CHEOPS spacecraft hardware delivery 2017-06-22T10:13:17+00:00

«Hello Lugano, I hear you loud and clear. Welcome aboard!»

On Thursday, May 7, 150 high school students from Lugano dealt intensively with the topic space. During the event of the Swiss Space Office they listened to lectures, performed experiments, tinkered Cheops paper models – and they talked to the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in a live link to the ISS. For some 150 high [...]

«Hello Lugano, I hear you loud and clear. Welcome aboard!» 2017-06-22T10:13:17+00:00

Hot and stormy at high altitudes

Studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet, astronomers of the NCCR PlanetS derived a temperature profile with unprecedented precision. Their results are based on data collected with a relatively small ground-based telescope. This opens completely new perspectives for the characterization of remote exoplanetary atmospheres. The temperature in the atmosphere of HD189733b increases with altitude. Credit: [...]

Hot and stormy at high altitudes 2017-06-22T10:13:17+00:00

Unique test chamber for CHEOPS is installed!

An outstanding vacuum chamber in a brand new laboratory is now waiting for the space telescope CHEOPS at the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) of the University of Berne. Space experts will put the completely assembled flight instrument in the chamber and calibrate it therein under space conditions. At five and a half tones, [...]

Unique test chamber for CHEOPS is installed! 2017-06-22T10:13:17+00:00

Old CHEOPS image updated

The CHEOPS design has evolved and we have rendered a new image of the CHEOPS satellite that is better in line with the new design. See the titlepage for another perspective of the new image. Here we show the old image for reference next to the new one. Major changes are: The big sun shield has [...]

Old CHEOPS image updated 2017-06-22T10:13:17+00:00