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Assembling the flight model

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 [...]

Assembling the flight model 2017-06-22T10:13:13+00:00

Telescope mirror safely delivered to Bern

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 [...]

Telescope mirror safely delivered to Bern 2017-06-22T10:13:13+00:00

CHEOPS will ride on a Soyuz rocket

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 [...]

CHEOPS will ride on a Soyuz rocket 2017-06-22T10:13:14+00:00

How to build a space telescope

In the next months, engineers at the University of Bern will assemble the CHEOPS space telescope integrating parts arriving from all over Europe. CHEOPS, the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, is dedicated to study planets orbiting stars outside of our Solar System. Before building the flight model, the team used a structural model for testing which had [...]

How to build a space telescope 2017-06-22T10:13:14+00:00

Ready for testing electromagnetic compatibility

At the University of Bern, the CHEOPS team integrated all electrical and electronic parts into a model of the space telescope to test whether the different units and wires operate correctly and don’t interfere with each other. The electromagnetic compatibility test will take place in the second half of February in a special chamber at [...]

Ready for testing electromagnetic compatibility 2017-06-22T10:13:14+00:00