"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
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 [...]
CHEOPS Swiss event at RUAG Space Zurich. The children drawing plate was unveiled on the CHEOPS satellite in the presence of CHEOPS principal investigator Prof. Willy Benz, Federal councillor Schneider Amman, and ESA Director General Jan Woerner. Also present where three of the 2700 children who contributed their art plus additional VIPs from industry and [...]
The CHEOPS SC prepared for the transport to the TVTB test facility in Toulouse. The instrument is protected by a plastic bag and the solar panels by protective covers. Image courtesy of airbus.