Call for media: Meet Europe's exoplanet satellite CHEOPS
14 May 2018
Please note this event has been postponed until October.
Revised details will be provided nearer the time.
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's 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.
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Media can register by writing to espacioairbus.com and will be asked to complete a registration form. Photo and video cameras are also to be registered.
More about CHEOPS: http://sci.esa.int/cheops
Last Update: 18 May 2018For further information please contact: SciTech.email@example.com
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