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Re: ESA - CHEOPS updates
« Reply #20 on: 12/19/2017 12:01 PM »
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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Re: ESA - CHEOPS updates
« 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

Image credit: ESA/D. Vrenko

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Re: ESA - CHEOPS updates
« Reply #22 on: 05/06/2018 07:50 PM »

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.

Image credit: Airbus Defence and Space Spain
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Re: ESA - CHEOPS updates
« Reply #23 on: 05/08/2018 03:28 PM »
Preparing CHEOPS

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Re: ESA - CHEOPS updates
« Reply #24 on: 05/15/2018 08:28 PM »

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.


(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.


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.


Airbus (Antares Room)
Avenida de Aragón 404
28022 Madrid

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