CHEOPS mission extended

March 9th, 2023

After more than three years in orbit, the mission of the CHEOPS space telescope has just been ext...

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ESA’s Cheops finds an unexpected ring around dwarf planet Quaoar

February 8th, 2023

During a break from looking at planets around other stars, ESA’s CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satelli...

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A thousand days of CHEOPS

December 21st, 2022

After a thousand days in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope shows almost no signs of wear. Under t...

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CHEOPS reveals a rugby ball-shaped exoplanet

January 11th, 2022

With the help of the CHEOPS space telescope, an international team including researchers from the...

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Two-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS

December 14th, 2021

After two years in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope has exceeded expectations. By reliably revea...

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The upside-down orbits of a multi-planetary system

November 3rd, 2021

Astronomers led by the UNIGE and members of NCCR PlanetS have discovered exoplanets that orbit in...

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Unique exoplanet photobombs CHEOPS study of nearby star system

June 28th, 2021

While studying two exoplanets in a bright nearby star system, the CHEOPS satellite has unexpected...

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CHEOPS finds unique planetary system

January 25th, 2021

The CHEOPS space telescope detects six planets orbiting the star TOI-178. Five of the planets are...

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One-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS

December 17th, 2020

In its first year in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope has already revealed details of one of the...

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CHEOPS had to avoid space debris

November 5th, 2020

Space debris increasingly threatens rockets, the international space station and satellites. At t...

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First study with CHEOPS data describes one of the most extreme planets in the universe

September 28th, 2020

CHEOPS keeps its promise: Observations with the space telescope reveal details of the exoplanet W...

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Aerosuisse Award for the CHEOPS team

September 23rd, 2020

The Aerosuisse 2020 Award was presented to the CHEOPS satellite team at the Aerosuisse Annual Gen...

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Forschung und Innovation kennen keine Grenzen

September 9th, 2020

Die internationale Zusammenarbeit sei für die Universität Bern von grösster Bedeutung, betonte Re...

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CHEOPS space telescope ready for scientific operation

April 20th, 2020

CHEOPS has reached its next milestone: Following extensive tests in Earth's orbit, some of which ...

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CHEOPS space telescope takes its first pictures

February 7th, 2020

Next milestone in the commissioning of CHEOPS: After the successful opening of the space telescop...

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Cheops launch preparations

February 5th, 2020

Last Wednesday, the CHEOPS team could successfully open the lid of the space telescope. How CHEOP...

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Opening of the CHEOPS cover delayed by a few days

January 24th, 2020

The cover of the CHEOPS space telescope was scheduled to be opened on Monday, January 27, 2020. T...

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January 10th, 2020

The CHEOPS instrument and control teams at the Mission Operations Centre (MOC) at INTA in Torrejó...

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Merry Christmas and happy new year!

December 23rd, 2019

Merry Christmas and happy new year! Illustration - « La Liberté », 18.12.2019, Alex Ballaman

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CHEOPS successfully launched

December 18th, 2019

The relief was huge when the Soyuz Fregat rocket with CHEOPS on board took off shortly before 10 ...

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Liftoff for Cheops, ESA’s exoplanet mission

December 18th, 2019

ESA’s Cheops mission lifted off on a Soyuz-Fregat launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, Fre...

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CHEOPS launch postponed

December 17th, 2019

Liftoff is currently scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:54:20 CET. On Tuesday mornin...

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Cheops launch media kit

December 11th, 2019

Download this media kit to learn more about the launch of Cheops, the Characterising Exoplanet Sa...

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Nobel prize ceremony

December 11th, 2019

In a very formal and festive ceremony in Stockholm, the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustaf presented th...

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CHEOPS launch set for 17 Dec. 2019

December 5th, 2019

The space telescope CHEOPS is scheduled to begin its journey into space on Tuesday, 17 December 2...

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CHEOPS Team members and their favourite drawing

November 4th, 2019

Soon, CHEOPS will launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to study exoplanets. T...

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CHEOPS has arrived in Kourou

October 21st, 2019

Last station before launch! The CHEOPS satellite has arrived by plane on 16 October 2019 at Eur...

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“They both live on another planet now.”

October 13th, 2019

Willy Benz is particularly pleased about this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for the Swiss astrono...

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Congratulations to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz

October 8th, 2019

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded with one half jointly to Michel Mayor and Didier...

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Cheops: science in action

September 17th, 2019

Scientists at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland will be processing data from Cheops, ESA's Ch...

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“Now CHEOPS is ready for transport to Kourou”

August 21st, 2019

The space telescope CHEOPS is foreseen to launch in the last quarter of 2019. “In July, ...

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Cheops: Planning a perfect mission

August 15th, 2019

Teams of scientists and engineers are simulating the launch, early orbit phase and commissioning ...

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Cheops passes final review before shipment to launch site

July 29th, 2019

The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, has successfully passed the final analysis review...

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July 22nd, 2019

As launch approaches for ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, CHEOPS, scientists are roundin...

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June 25th, 2019

It takes collaboration and teamwork to operate a spacecraft. As the CHEOPS launch approaches, a E...

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Zweitletzte Station vor Reise ins All für Weltraumteleskop CHEOPS

March 29th, 2019

Zweitletzte Station vor Reise ins All für Weltraumteleskop CHEOPS

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Exoplanet satellite ready

March 28th, 2019

Exoplanet satellite ready

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March 11th, 2019

Recent months on the CHEOPS mission have seen the completion of spacecraft testing and the conclu...

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End-To-End testing complete

February 14th, 2019

After a successful series of tests, the team that will operate the CHEOPS mission is ready for th...

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CHEOPS launch slot announced

November 26th, 2018

The CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, CHEOPS, will target 15 October to 14 November 2019 for la...

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Connected to space

October 25th, 2018

After a long tour through Europe, the CHEOPS satellite is back at Airbus Defence and Space Spain ...

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CHEOPS - withstanding the sound of launch and avoiding radio interference

October 24th, 2018

For the CHEOPS mission, September was a busy month of acoustic noise testing and Electromagnetic ...

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"Switzerland is a space nation!"

August 28th, 2018

Professor Willy Benz explains details of the satellite to the guests at RUAG. (Photos University ...

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Children's drawings ready for space

July 13th, 2018

2748 miniaturised drawings orbit the earth together with the CHEOPS satellite. The video shows ho...

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From star positions to images: CHEOPS operations centres pull together

July 5th, 2018

The latest CHEOPS test campaign can be thought of as the first full dress rehearsal for in-flight...

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Putting things together: the CHEOPS science instrument arrives in Madrid

May 8th, 2018

Members of the CHEOPS consortium could be proud of their achievement as the science instrument of...

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CHEOPS leaves the University of Bern

April 5th, 2018

Construction of the space telescope CHEOPS is finished. The engineers from the Center for Space a...

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"We have to meet hundreds of requirements"

April 5th, 2018

Christopher Broeg is project manager of the CHEOPS mission. A consortium of more than 100 scienti...

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CHEOPS rocket sticker selected

March 29th, 2018

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Controlling the CHEOPS instrument during interface testing

December 18th, 2017

Airbus engineers use the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) to relay instructions to the ...

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It's getting real: testing flight hardware with mission control code

December 18th, 2017

With the flight models of the CHEOPS spacecraft and telescope maturing, crucial tests can now be ...

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Simulating stars in the cleanroom

December 18th, 2017

The silver-coloured cylindrical unit in the foreground is the optical head of one of two star tra...

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The history of CHEOPS

December 7th, 2017

Engineers at the University of Bern are developing the CHEOPS space telescope. From Earth´s orbit...

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Successful vibration test runs

August 28th, 2017

During ten days in August 2017, the CHEOPS telescope had to withstand various tests on the shaker...

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Preparing the CHEOPS spacecraft platform and simulating mission operations

July 12th, 2017

In our previous update, we reported on the delivery of the CHEOPS telescope from Florence to Bern...

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Assembling the flight model

June 14th, 2017

After the engineers at the University of Bern integrated and tested models of the CHEOPS space te...

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Telescope mirror safely delivered to Bern

May 4th, 2017

At the end of April 2017, an eagerly-awaited cargo from Italy arrived at the University of Bern: ...

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CHEOPS will ride on a Soyuz rocket

April 7th, 2017

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How to build a space telescope

March 22nd, 2017

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Ready for testing electromagnetic compatibility

February 14th, 2017

At the University of Bern, the CHEOPS team integrated all electrical and electronic parts into a ...

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CHEOPS solar arrays tested and built

December 19th, 2016

Over the last 10 months, the CHEOPS solar cell assemblies have been put through their paces in th...

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Planetarium show about exoplanets

November 3rd, 2016

From the beginning of December the topic of exoplanets will inspire the audience of the planetari...

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Test of the CHEOPS CCD

September 29th, 2016

This interactive page describes the different elements of the optical bench to test and calibrate...

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Steady progress for CHEOPS

September 20th, 2016

The CHEOPS mission continues to make steady progress with a number of milestones being success...

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Swiss government visits CHEOPS

August 5th, 2016

All seven members of the Swiss Federal Council paid the Center for Space and Habitability of the ...

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The Universe from a Child's Perspective

July 1st, 2016

“The Universe provides ample scope to use one’s own imagination,” says Anna Lehninger.   The art ...

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CHEOPS Science Workshop #4

June 21st, 2016

The CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) will be dedicated to search for transits by means...

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Delivery of the instrument engineering model

May 4th, 2016

The CHEOPS spacecraft continues its fast-track implementation with the delivery of the instrument...

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CHEOPS-Children's Drawings

March 31st, 2016

Poster with selected children drawings from the campaign. Poster PDF

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CHEOPS assembly at Airbus

March 7th, 2016

The video shows the assembly, integration and verification (AIV) of the CHEOPS structural qualifi...

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Vibration Test at RUAG Space

March 7th, 2016

When CHEOPS will be launched in 2018 it will be subjected to very high vibration loads. The vibra...

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Successful CHEOPS test

December 14th, 2015

The video shows the successful baffle cover opening test performed at Airbus Defence and Space (A...

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Testing CHEOPS at the University of Bern

August 21st, 2015

The space telescope dedicated to characterize exoplanets is taking shape. A camera installed in t...

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Inspecting the first CHEOPS hardware

July 2nd, 2015

At the University of Bern, the first hardware for the CHEOPS space telescope was delivered and in...

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ESA: #1 CHEOPS spacecraft hardware delivery

July 1st, 2015

This is the first entry in the CHEOPS Journal, a series of articles documenting milestones in the...

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

May 12th, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, 150 high school students from Lugano dealt intensively with the topic space. ...

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Hot and stormy at high altitudes

April 13th, 2015

Studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet, astronomers of the NCCR PlanetS derived a temperature pr...

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Unique test chamber for CHEOPS is installed!

March 5th, 2015

An outstanding vacuum chamber in a brand new laboratory is now waiting for the space telescope CH...

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CHEOPS Webpage in new design

February 27th, 2015

The CHEOPS homepage has undergone an overhaul and presents itself in a completely new design. We ...

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Old CHEOPS image updated

December 18th, 2014

The CHEOPS design has evolved and we have rendered a new image of the CHEOPS satellite that is be...

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Very first concept drawing

October 28th, 2014

This is one of the first design concepts for the CHEOPS spacecraft.

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