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The Cheops spacecraft in the LEAF test chamber

The Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanet) spacecraft in the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) test chamber at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 7 September, 2018. The Cheops spacecraft has undergone acoustic testing earlier this month. Cheops will observe bright stars known to host exoplanets, in particular Earth-to-Neptune-sized planets, anywhere [...]

The Cheops spacecraft in the LEAF test chamber 2018-09-28T14:26:51+00:00

CHEOPS Swiss event at RUAG

CHEOPS Swiss event at RUAG Space Zurich. The children drawing plate was unveiled on the CHEOPS satellite in the presence of CHEOPS principal investigator Prof. Willy Benz, Federal councillor Schneider Amman, and ESA Director General Jan Woerner. Also present where three of the 2700 children who contributed their art plus additional VIPs from industry and [...]

CHEOPS Swiss event at RUAG 2018-08-28T14:01:46+00:00

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