#6: CHEOPS solar arrays tested and built 16 December 2016 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. Read more
CHEOPS - CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite - is the first mission dedicated to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultra-high precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. The mission's main science goals are to measure the bulk density of super-Earths and Neptunes orbiting bright stars and provide suitable targets for future in-depth characterisation studies of exoplanets in these mass and size ranges.
#3: Simulated sound of launch for CHEOPS 11 November 2015 The CHEOPS spacecraft continues its fast-track implementation with a whistle-stop tour of test centres in Europe. Having completed acoustic tests at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, CHEOPS is on the road again. Next stop: Madrid. Read more
CHEOPS Science Workshop and Open Time Workshop 21 December 2016 Registration has opened for two CHEOPS workshops that will be held at Schloss Seggau, near Leibnitz in southern Austria at the end of July 2017, with the objective of bringing together the community interested in the mission and its scientific exploitation. The deadline for registration for both workshops is 1 July 2017. Read more
Three thousand drawings to fly into space on CHEOPS 31 March 2016 Thousands of children across Europe have taken part in a competition to submit drawings that will be miniaturised and sent into space onboard ESA's CHEOPS astronomy satellite. Read more
Second Announcement of Opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team 07 September 2015 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 mandatory Letters of Intent is 20 October (12:00 noon CEST); proposals are due by 18 November (12:00 noon CET). Read more
CHEOPS exoplanet mission meets key milestones en route to 2017 launch 11 July 2014 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. Read more
CHEOPS Definition Study Report (Red Book) 19 December 2013 Reference: ESA/SRE(2013)7. This Definition Study Report (also known as the Red Book) presents the outcome of the CHEOPS Definition study. It describes the resulting mission concept that will fulfil the mission science requirements, and therefore allow us to achieve the science objectives presented in the original proposal, and further detailed and elaborated in this document. Read more