Second Announcement of Opportunity for membership in the CHEOPS Science Team
7 September 2015The 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).
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The CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is a small (S-class) mission in the ESA Science Programme to be implemented in partnership with a nationally funded consortium led by Switzerland.
The scientific community is invited to participate in the CHEOPS mission by responding to this second Announcement of Opportunity (AO), which solicits proposals for the appointment of up to two members in the CHEOPS Science Team (CST).
The AO is open to scientists from institutions located in any of ESA's Member States and not already involved in the mission. Scientists whose institutional affiliation would allow access to the CHEOPS core observing proprietary data through other channels are not eligible for the participation in this AO.
The CHEOPS Science Management Plan (SMP) defines the top-level scientific management of the CHEOPS mission, and describes the respective roles of the parties involved, the data products, the data products delivery scheme and the data rights. Interested parties are referred to it for further details on the mission and the context of the CST activities.
The successful candidates will be appointed as CST members for an initial period of four years, renewable throughout the duration of the mission. The ESA-appointed scientists in the CST will be full members of the CST with the same rights and responsibilites as the members appointed by the CHEOPS Mission Consortium.
AO schedule and deadlines
|7 September 2015||Release of this AO|
|20 October 2015, 12:00 (noon) CEST||Mandatory Letters of Intent due|
|18 November 2015, 12:00 (noon) CET||Proposal due|
|January 2016||Planned appointment of successful proposers|
Letter of Intent: format and submission
A Letter of Intent (LOI) to propose is mandatory. The LOI is limited in length to two A4 pages (minimum font size 11 pt) and must contain the proposer's name and affiliation, and a tentative title of the proposal. The LOI must explicitly mention the proposer's title, position, institute, address, telephone number and email address.
The LOI must be submitted electronically in PDF format, by the date and time indicated in the schedule table above, to the following email address:
Proposers will receive confirmation upon successful receipt of their LOI.
Proposal: format and submission
Proposals in response to this AO must be preceded by a Letter of Intent.
The proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format, by the date and time indicated in the schedule table above, to the following email address:
Proposals submitted in response to this AO are limited in length to 13 A4 pages (minimum font size
Proposers will receive confirmation upon successful receipt of their proposal.
The following documents are provided with this AO:
Letter of invitation from the Director of Science and Robotic Exploration
Second Announcement of Opportunity for membership of the CHEOPS Science Team [SRE-CS/LC/29395]
CHEOPS Science Management Plan [ESA/SPC(2013)33]
CHEOPS Definition Study Report [ESA/SRE(2013)7]
Queries related to this AO should be addressed to:
Head of the Coordination Office for the Scientific Programme
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk