The CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, CHEOPS, will target 15 October to 14 November 2019 for launch as the European Space Agency ESA announced on 23 November 2018. CHEOPS will lift off on a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, sharing the ride into space with a satellite that is part of the [...]
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After a long tour through Europe, the CHEOPS satellite is back at Airbus Defence and Space Spain in Madrid. On its journey, it had to pass thermal-vacuum tests at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, mechanical vibration tests at RUAG Space in Zürich, and acoustic noise and electromagnetic compatibility tests at ESA’s technical centre in The Netherlands. [...]
For the CHEOPS mission, September was a busy month of acoustic noise testing and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands. The successful tests have shown that the satellite can withstand the high sound pressures of launch and is compatible with its electromagnetic environment at launch and in orbit.
Members of the CHEOPS science team and consortium had two opportunities to visit the fully integrated spacecraft: The CHEOPS satellite was at the Test Centre at ESTEC in The Netherlands in September 2018, where it was undergoing acoustic and radio-frequency compatibility tests. For all photos check out ESA flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/esa_events/sets/72157698611513882
The Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanet) spacecraft in the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) test chamber at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 7 September, 2018. The Cheops spacecraft has undergone acoustic testing earlier this month. Cheops will observe bright stars known to host exoplanets, in particular Earth-to-Neptune-sized planets, anywhere [...]