703, 2016

CHEOPS assembly at Airbus

The video shows the assembly, integration and verification (AIV) of the CHEOPS structural qualification model at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid in 2015 and the successful test campaign at facilities in Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands including the baffle cover opening test. (Credit: Airbus Defence and Space, EADS CASA [...]

1412, 2015

Successful CHEOPS test

The video shows the successful baffle cover opening test performed at Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) – Spain after the spacecraft mechanical environmental campaign. The cover, which is used to protect the telescope against environmental influences during ground operations and launch, opened as planned roughly 50 seconds after the system [...]

2108, 2015

Testing CHEOPS at the University of Bern

The space telescope dedicated to characterize exoplanets is taking shape. A camera installed in the clean room in Bern shows how the CHEOPS team prepares the structural and thermal model for tests in the vacuum chamber.  https://youtu.be/0yVDhFiCQ0U In the huge test chamber the CHEOPS engineers run thermal cycles on the [...]

207, 2015

Inspecting the first CHEOPS hardware

At the University of Bern, the first hardware for the CHEOPS space telescope was delivered and inspected. This included the support structure for the Baffle and Cover Assembly (BCA). In June, Christopher Broeg and Eduardo Hernández León had a close look at the content of the box from Airbus Defence [...]

107, 2015

ESA: #1 CHEOPS spacecraft hardware delivery

This is the first entry in the CHEOPS Journal, a series of articles documenting milestones in the first small (S-class) mission of ESA's Science Programme. With a compressed schedule - only 5 years from mission selection to launch readiness - milestones in the CHEOPS project will pass by in quick [...]

1205, 2015

«Hello Lugano, I hear you loud and clear. Welcome aboard!»

On Thursday, May 7, 150 high school students from Lugano dealt intensively with the topic space. During the event of the Swiss Space Office they listened to lectures, performed experiments, tinkered Cheops paper models – and they talked to the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in a live link to the [...]