508, 2016

Swiss government visits CHEOPS

All seven members of the Swiss Federal Council paid the Center for Space and Habitability of the University of Bern a visit. They were informed about the important role the university plays in space projects such as CHEOPS. To kick off its annual “school trip” on July 7th, 2016, the [...]

107, 2016

The Universe from a Child’s Perspective

“The Universe provides ample scope to use one’s own imagination,” says Anna Lehninger.   The art historian investigates children’s drawings as a cultural asset and has had a look at the pictures resulting from the drawing campaign carried out in association with the CHEOPS mission. In early 2018, 3000 drawings will [...]

2106, 2016

CHEOPS Science Workshop #4

The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) will be dedicated to search for transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. It is the first S-class mission from ESA. CHEOPS will have a nominal lifetime of 3.5 years, with launch-readiness targeted for 2018. The CHEOPS [...]

405, 2016

Delivery of the instrument engineering model

The CHEOPS spacecraft continues its fast-track implementation with the delivery of the instrument Engineering Model for integration on the satellite Electrical and Functional Model. Read more on the ESA website. CHEOPS flight platform during harness integration. Credit: ADS - Spain  

3103, 2016

CHEOPS-Children’s Drawings Campaign

The flying drawings are selected! The children drawings campaign was very successful. Switzerland and the other participating countries received thousands of drawings of which we now drew the selection of 3000 winning entries (lottery) that will be flying together with CHEOPS into space. Is your drawing among them? You can [...]

703, 2016

Vibration Test at RUAG Space

When CHEOPS will be launched in 2018 it will be subjected to very high vibration loads. The vibration test of the structural model at RUAG Space in Zurich in October 2015 simulated the launch of the satellite into the earth orbit as Willem Coppoolse, Senior Project Manager at RUAG Space [...]