The CHEOPS SC prepared for the transport to the TVTB test facility in Toulouse. The instrument is protected by a plastic bag and the solar panels by protective covers. Image courtesy of airbus.
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.
The CHEOPS telescope ready for final packing and shipment to Madrid where it has meanwhile been integrated onto the SC platform.
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 [...]
First flat field images have been taken during CHEOPS calibration campaign. This flat filed has been taken at the wavelength of 400nm.