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 [...]

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 [...]