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Loading CHEOPS into a thermal-vacuum chamber

Loading CHEOPS into a thermal-vacuum chamber


Date: 31 August 2018
Satellite: CHEOPS
Depicts: CHEOPS satellite
Location: EVT, Toulouse, France
Copyright: ESA/Airbus

A view of the complete CHEOPS satellite, surrounded by thermal test hardware before insertion into the thermal-vacuum chamber at the Airbus Engineering Validation Test facility in Toulouse, France.

A double-armed frame, mounted above the satellite, holds a heater plate opposite the flat, silver-coloured radiators at the rear of the black telescope tube. During operations, the radiators that cool the detector will not be exposed to direct sunlight; however, for certain pointing directions, the radiators will be exposed to warming radiation from the Earth. A dedicated heater was mounted in front of the radiators to simulate the effect of this warming.

 

Last Update: 1 September 2019
31-May-2020 08:27 UT

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