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Timelapse video of the installation of the CHEOPS instrument

Timelapse video of the installation of the CHEOPS instrument onto the platform. The instrument is lifted using the custom designed strongback onto the top panel of the spacecraft. After successful placement the mounting feet of the the telescope are securely bolted. Credit: Airbus Defense and Space, Madrid.

Timelapse video of the installation of the CHEOPS instrument 2018-05-16T13:27:32+00:00

The instrument installed onto the satellite platform

The instrument has been successfully installed onto the satellite platform. In the picture, the satellite is in vertical position for alignment of the instrument: the telescope (bottom part) is being aligned to the baffle (top part with copper colour door). The alignment has been completed within the required accuracy. image courtesy of EADS CASA Espacio, [...]

The instrument installed onto the satellite platform 2018-05-08T15:42:13+00:00

a point source (so-called PSF) has been determined over the full CHEOPS field of view

This week the image of a point source (so-called PSF) has been determined over the full CHEOPS field of view. The telescope is defocussed on purpose to spread the light of one star over many pixels. The image consists of many measurements taken at one single wavelength in the optical spectrum (at 650 nm). All [...]

a point source (so-called PSF) has been determined over the full CHEOPS field of view 2018-02-27T08:45:57+00:00