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ESA - CHEOPS updates
« on: 09/24/2013 08:38 PM »
CHEOPS - CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite

CHEOPS - CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite - will be the first mission dedicated to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. It will provide the unique capability of determining accurate radii for a subset of those planets, in the super-Earth to Neptune mass range, for which the mass has already been estimated using ground-based spectroscopic surveys. CHEOPS will also provide precision radii for new planets of Neptune-size and smaller that are discovered by the next generation of ground-based transit surveys.

On 19 October 2012 CHEOPS was selected for study as the first S-class mission in Cosmic Vision 2015-2025. Formal adoption of the mission is expected in late 2013, with launch planned for 2017.

http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/49469-cheops/

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CHEOPS web page: http://cheops.unibe.ch

ESA - S class mission - 2017 - candidates: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=28309.0
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« Reply #1 on: 09/24/2013 08:40 PM »
ESA selects SSTL to design Exoplanet misión

11 Sep 2013

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the competitive design phase of CHEOPS - a satellite that will improve mankind’s understanding of exoplanets (planets orbiting distant stars outside our solar system). The contractor selection for the implementation phase is planned by mid-2014 and the launch is scheduled late 2017.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency/news-and-events/2013/Sep/cheops

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« Reply #2 on: 01/31/2014 01:01 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: 07/16/2014 08:06 PM »
CHEOPS exoplanet mission meets key milestones en route to 2017 launch

11 July 2014

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/54321-cheops-exoplanet-mission-meets-key-milestones-en-route-to-2017-launch/

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ESA’s first small Science Programme mission is ready for construction. The implementation phase has started, meaning that the spacecraft has gone from selection to implementation in less than 18 months.

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CHEOPS was selected by ESA in October 2012 from 26 proposals that were submitted in response to the announcement of the small mission programme. It was officially adopted into the Science Programme in February this year. Capped to an ESA cost of €50 million, it is being developed in collaboration with the Swiss Space Office (SSO), a division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), and the University of Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss organisations lead the consortium of 11 ESA Member States contributing to the mission and represented in the CHEOPS Science Team. The spacecraft will be built by Airbus Defence and Space, Spain.

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CHEOPS will most likely be launched as a passenger on a Soyuz or Vega launcher from Kourou at the end of 2017.

Image credit: ESA - C. Carreau

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« Reply #4 on: 09/23/2014 03:48 PM »
Announcement of opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS science team

19 September 2014

The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small mission in the ESA Science Programme. Proposals are solicited for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team. Scientists from institutions located in ESA Member States are invited to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is 22 October 2014 (12:00 noon CEST).

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/53822-announcement-of-opportunity-for-membership-in-the-cheops-science-team/

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« Reply #5 on: 05/08/2015 01:07 PM »
http://sci.esa.int/cheops/55889-send-your-drawing-into-space-with-cheops/

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ESA and its mission partners are inviting children to submit drawings that will be miniaturised and engraved on two plaques that will be put on the satellite.

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« Reply #6 on: 07/14/2015 09:41 AM »
#1: CHEOPS spacecraft hardware delivery

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/56102-1-cheops-spacecraft-hardware-delivery/

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CHEOPS is now moving steadily from a paper design to the hardware phase. Over the last couple of months the Instrument Consortium, led by the University of Bern, has taken delivery of the first hardware from Airbus Defence and Space (ADS)–Spain, the prime contractor for the CHEOPS platform. These deliveries included the Platform Simulator, as well as the platform panels for instrument assembly and handling, the Star Tracker Optical Head Assemblies with their associated multi-layer insulation (MLI), and the support structure for the Baffle Cover Assembly.

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« Reply #7 on: 10/02/2015 02:13 PM »
CHEOPS spacecraft structural model

The spacecraft Structural Model, composed of the instrument Structural and Thermal Model and the platform Structural Qualification Model, ready for the start of the environmental test campaign at ADS-Spain.

The spacecraft Structural Model will undergo a series of mechanical tests, including sine vibration, acoustic and shock tests.

Related article: #2: CHEOPS prepares for first spacecraft test campaign

Image credit: ADS-Spain

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/56533-cheops-spacecraft-structural-model/


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« Reply #8 on: 11/13/2015 02:09 PM »
CHEOPS in front of the LEAF acoustic chamber at ESTEC

The CHEOPS spacecraft on its ground support trolley, shortly before being placed in the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) test chamber at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, on 5 November 2015.

Related article: #3 Simulated sound of launch for CHEOPS

Image credit: ESA - C. Carreau

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/56807-cheops-in-front-of-the-leaf-acoustic-chamber-at-estec/

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« Reply #9 on: 11/15/2015 12:28 PM »
Cheops entering acoustic chamber
 
A test model of ESA’s exoplanet-watching Cheops satellite being placed in an acoustic chamber in Europe’s largest spacecraft testing centre, helping to ensure the flight version can endure the extreme conditions of a rocket launch.
 
The Characterising ExOPlanet Satellite is ESA’s first small science mission. Selected in October 2012, it will track the crossings of known planets across the face of their parent stars, to make detailed deductions of their size and composition. The telescope will detect tiny shifts in stellar brightness with ultra-high precision.
 
Once the tests are completed, this ‘structural qualification model’ will be reconfigured as the actual satellite, helping to meet a tight development schedule that is aiming for launch readiness at the end of 2017 and a shared launch opportunity in the first half of 2018.
 
Cheops is seen here being moved into ESA’s Large European Acoustic Facility, capable of subjecting satellites to the same noise as a rocket produces as it takes off and flies through the atmosphere.
 
The chamber is an integral part of ESA’s ESTEC test centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, a collection of spaceflight simulation facilities under a single roof.
 
One wall of the chamber is embedded with a set of enormous sound horns. Nitrogen shot through the horns can produce a range of noise up to more than 154 decibels, like standing close to multiple jets taking off.
 
Credit: ESA–C. Carreau

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« Reply #10 on: 09/30/2016 01:44 PM »
#5: STEADY PROGRESS FOR CHEOPS

15 September 2016 22:38

The CHEOPS mission continues to make steady progress with a number of milestones being successfully met. In the past few months these have included the completion of the System Critical Design Review, the first EMC testing of the instrument, and the first release of the mission operations system.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/58294-integration-of-cheops-flight-equipment/

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« Reply #11 on: 12/29/2016 10:39 AM »
#6: CHEOPS SOLAR ARRAYS TESTED AND BUILT

16 December 2016 11:26

Over the last 10 months, the CHEOPS solar cell assemblies have been put through their paces in the test facilities at industry and in the Solar Generator Laboratory of the Power Systems Division (TEC-EP) at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) as part of the qualification campaign. In parallel, the flight solar arrays have been manufactured and delivered.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/58643-6-cheops-solar-arrays-tested-and-built/

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« Reply #12 on: 05/06/2017 07:17 AM »
#7: CHEOPS TELESCOPE ARRIVES AT NEW HOME

04 May 2017 10:15

A major milestone for the CHEOPS mission was passed on 28 April 2017, when the telescope flight model was delivered to the University of Bern by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, on behalf of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/59012-7-cheops-telescope-arrives-at-new-home/

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« Reply #13 on: 07/15/2017 07:28 PM »
#8: PREPARING THE CHEOPS SPACECRAFT PLATFORM AND SIMULATING MISSION OPERATIONS

12 July 2017 11:54

In our previous update, we reported on the delivery of the CHEOPS telescope from Florence to Bern. While the scientific payload is being assembled in Switzerland, work in Spain has focused on preparing the spacecraft platform that will carry the payload and provide power, propulsion, communications, and thermal control.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/59323-8-preparing-the-cheops-spacecraft-platform-and-simulating-mission-operations/

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« Reply #14 on: 11/03/2017 07:29 AM »
Launch your design with Cheops

2 November 2017

ESA is offering graphic designers and artists a unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket carrying the Cheops satellite.

The design will be placed on the Soyuz rocket’s fairing, the tough outer shell that protects the satellite during launch and as it passes through the atmosphere into space.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Launch_your_design_with_Cheops

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« Reply #15 on: 11/03/2017 05:30 PM »
So CHEOPS will fly on a Soyuz from CSG.

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« Reply #16 on: 11/03/2017 05:52 PM »
So CHEOPS will fly on a Soyuz from CSG.
Yes:
Arianespace launch schedule: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=6114.msg1728089#msg1728089
2018:
December - CSG-1 (COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation-1), CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) - Soyuz ST-B/Fregat-MT - Kourou ELS (or H1 2019)
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« Reply #17 on: 11/13/2017 06:27 PM »
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Calling all graphic designers & artists! Submit design to  feature on the rocket carrying #CHEOPS satellite 🚀  https://t.co/VZugX77wTV https://t.co/UUcFtmCHBb

https://twitter.com/esa/status/926120288965812231

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« Reply #18 on: 12/09/2017 02:04 PM »
#9: THE CHEOPS SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT IS COMPLETE

06 December 2017 13:15

The scientific instrument at the heart of the CHEOPS mission has been fully assembled, marking an important milestone in the development of this small, fast-track exoplanet-characterising mission.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/59825-9-the-cheops-scientific-instrument-is-complete/

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« Reply #19 on: 12/19/2017 08:44 AM »
#10: IT'S GETTING REAL: TESTING FLIGHT HARDWARE WITH MISSION CONTROL CODE

18 December 2017 10:08

With the flight models of the CHEOPS spacecraft and telescope maturing, crucial tests can now be run with real hardware in place of simulations. The latest such tests involved operating the payload with the Mission Control System to test and validate real operational command sequences.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/59883-10-it-s-getting-real-testing-flight-hardware-with-mission-control-code/

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« Reply #20 on: 12/19/2017 12:01 PM »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/943090673963630592
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Peter B. de Selding‏ @pbdes
Exoplanet hunter CHEOPS sat, built by @AirbusSpace for @esa, to launch late 2018/early 2019 on @ArianeGroup @Arianespace Soyuz from Europe's spaceport. To launch w/ Italy's 1st 2d-gen Cosmo-SkyMed radar sat. CHEOPS is 300kg, orbit 700km, inclination 98deg.

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« Reply #21 on: 03/31/2018 05:33 PM »
CHEOPS fairing sticker winning design

This colourful design capturing the scientific essence of ESA's upcoming CHEOPS exoplanet mission – characterising planets as they transit in front of their host star – has been selected as the winning design that will be featured on the rocket that will launch the satellite into space.

The design was one of over 300 submitted to the competition that offered graphic designers and artists the unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket that will launch CHEOPS – the CHaracterising ExOplanets Satellite – to Earth orbit.

The design was created by Denis Vrenko of Celje, Slovenia, a 25 year-old graphic designer and final-year architecture student at the University of Ljubljana.

- Related article: Winning exoplanet rocket sticker-selected

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/60129-cheops-fairing-sticker-winning-design/

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« Reply #22 on: 05/06/2018 07:50 PM »
#11: PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER: THE CHEOPS SCIENCE INSTRUMENT ARRIVES IN MADRID

03 May 2018 14:00

Members of the CHEOPS consortium could be proud of their achievement as the science instrument of the upcoming exoplanet mission left Bern on its journey to Madrid last month.

The science instrument and its tailor-made handling equipment left Switzerland by truck in six containers, designed to provide protection from shock, moisture and dust, on 10 April 2018. Its safe arrival in Spain the following day marked a key milestone for the CHEOPS project and enabled Airbus Defence and Space Spain, the prime contractor that has designed the spacecraft, to integrate the science instrument and the spacecraft platform and begin test activities.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/60249-11-putting-things-together-the-cheops-science-instrument-arrives-in-madrid/

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« Reply #23 on: 05/08/2018 03:28 PM »
Preparing CHEOPS


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« Reply #24 on: 05/15/2018 08:28 PM »
N° 9–2018: CALL FOR MEDIA: MEET EUROPE’S EXOPLANET SATELLITE CHEOPS

13 May 2018

Media are invited to join experts of the Characterising Exoplanets Satellite, Cheops, at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid, Spain, for a unique opportunity to visit the spacecraft in the clean room on 22 May.

Cheops will make observations of exoplanet-hosting stars to measure small changes in their brightness due to the transit of a planet across the star disc. The information will help to reveal the size of planets circling other stars, especially those in the Earth-to-Neptune mass range – a first step to characterising planets outside our Solar System.

The science instrument that will make these measurements recently arrived at Airbus in Madrid, following testing at the University of Bern in Switzerland, for integration with the spacecraft platform. This includes being combined with the solar panels, thrusters, radio transmitters and reaction wheels needed for power, propulsion, communications and attitude control, respectively.

The completed satellite is currently undergoing essential tests and checks at Airbus as part of launch preparations. It will only be there for a few weeks before moving on for final thermal, vibration and acoustic testing in various locations across Europe. Final checks will be conducted when it returns in October, and then it will be packed and prepared for shipment to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Cheops, which is implemented as a partnership between ESA and Switzerland, is on track to be ready for launch by the end of the year.

This event offers one of the first – and last – opportunities for media to view the complete satellite before its launch.

Programme

(All times CEST)

10:30 Arrival to Antares Room at Airbus

11:00 Welcome by José Guillamón, Head of Site and Airbus Space Systems in Spain

11:05 Nicola Rando, Cheops project manager

Introduction to Cheops and status update

11:15 Andrés Borges, Cheops Programme Manager at Airbus

Insights from industry and future steps towards launch and in-orbit commissioning

11:25 Ignasi Ribas, Institut de Ciències de l’Espai & Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Barcelona

Cheops science and contribution to exoplanet studies

11:35Eva María Vega Carrasco, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Madrid

Mission operations

11:45 Q&A

12:00 onwards

Photo and video opportunity in the clean room to view Cheops.

Accreditation

Media can register by writing to [email protected] and will be asked to complete a registration form. Photo and video cameras are also to be registered.

Location

Airbus (Antares Room)
Avenida de Aragón 404
28022 Madrid

More about Cheops: http://sci.esa.int/cheops/

About the European Space Agency

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ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.

https://www.esa.int/For_Media/Press_Releases/Call_for_media_Meet_Europe_s_exoplanet_satellite_Cheops


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« Reply #26 on: 07/07/2018 03:34 PM »
The integrated CHEOP satellite

The integrated CHEOPS satellite in the cleanroom of Airbus Defence and Space Spain in Madrid, before the installation of the solar arrays.

The spacecraft will be shipped in July to Airbus EVT in Toulouse, France, to undergo thermal tests. It will then travel on to RUAG in Zurich, Switzerland, for vibration tests, and further to ESA's technical centre in The Netherlands, for acoustic and electromagnetic compatibility tests. Finally, it will come back to Airbus Defence and Space Spain in Madrid, where the last system validation test will be performed to check readiness for the launch and early operations phase of the mission.

http://sci.esa.int/cheops/60487-the-integrated-cheops-satellite/

Related article:

- #12: From star positions to images: CHEOPS operations centres pull together

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« Reply #27 on: 07/09/2018 05:05 PM »
High Res.

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