New 1:1 CHEOPS mock-up exposed at the EPSC-DPS 2019, 15 – 20 September 2019, in the hall of the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). The event is a joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and covers a broad area of science topics [...]
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Scientists at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland will be processing data from Cheops, ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, scheduled to launch soon to study planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System. The Observatory has a rich history studying exoplanets. In 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz discovered the first exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star. Now, over [...]
"By targeting known systems, we know exactly where to look in the sky and when in order to capture exoplanet transits very efficiently," says Willy Benz, CHEOPS principal investigator at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Read more on sci.esa.int HOW CHEOPS WILL INVESTIGATE PLANET-HOSTING STARS
The space telescope CHEOPS is foreseen to launch in the last quarter of 2019. “In July, we carried out the final tests on the instrument at Airbus in Madrid,” says project manager Christopher Broeg: “Now CHEOPS is ready for transport to Kourou.”
Teams of scientists and engineers are simulating the launch, early orbit phase and commissioning of the CHEOPS mission ahead of its launch period in the last quarter of 2019. The simulations are taking place at the CHEOPS Mission Operations Centre at Torrejón de Ardoz, just outside Madrid in Spain. CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) is a [...]