image 23-October-2017 06:22:25

Integrating and aligning the CHEOPS telescope mirrors

Date: 10 January 2017
Satellite: CHEOPS
Location: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Florence, Italy
Copyright: Leonardo-Finmeccanica

An engineer prepares the CHEOPS telescope for alignment at Leonardo-Finmeccanica in Florence.

The black telescope tube is mounted on a custom-built, metal reference plate that allows the engineers to define the reference coordinates for the optical system. Inside the telescope tube, a hole at the centre of the primary mirror can be seen – the secondary mirror will be mounted in front of this at a later phase of the alignment procedure.


Last Update: 04 May 2017

For further information please contact: SciTech.editorial@esa.int