405, 2017

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 [...]

704, 2017

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 [...]

2203, 2017

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 [...]

1402, 2017

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 [...]

1912, 2016

CHEOPS solar arrays tested and built

Over the last 10 months, the CHEOPS solar cell assemblies have been put through their paces in the test facilities at industry and in the Solar Generator Laboratory of the Power Systems Division (TEC-EP) at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) as part of the qualification campaign. In [...]

311, 2016

Planetarium show about exoplanets

From the beginning of December the topic of exoplanets will inspire the audience of the planetarium of the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. The new show titled "Out There" was written by the curator Marc Horat and was developed in close collaboration with the NCCR PlanetS. Recently, Marc Horat [...]