Latest News on cheops

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CHEOPS JOURNAL ARTICLE #17: Practice makes perfect for CHEOPS inflight operations

25 June 2019: It takes collaboration and teamwork to operate a spacecraft. As the CHEOPS launch approaches, a Europe-wide team is preparing to take control of inflight activities once the satellite is in space.

The full article can be found at this link.

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CHEOPS Brochure available for download

3 April 2019:  The CHEOPS brochure has been published, and can be found at this link.

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CHEOPS AO-1 NOW OPEN!

19 March 2019:  The first Announcement of Opportunity calling for proposals for observing time in the CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme was released today by the ESA Director of Science, Prof. Günther Hasinger. Information on the opportunity, which is open to the proposers from all around the world, can be found on the AO-1 webpage.

The deadline for proposal submission is Thursday 16 May 2019 14:00 CEST.

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CHEOPS AO-1

15 March 2019: First Announcement of Opportunity in the CHEOPS Guest Observers Programme to come out on 19 March 2019 ....

Details on the opportunity, together with how to apply for time will be available at a dedicated website which will open on the 19th. In the meantime, an overview of the capabilities and performances of CHEOPS can be found in the CHEOPS factsheet (double-sided) which can be download from this link.

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CHEOPS Journal arcticle #16: CHEOPS is ready for flight

11 March 2019: Recent months on the CHEOPS mission have seen the completion of spacecraft testing and the conclusion of a very important review (the Satellite Qualification and Acceptance Review), which determined that the satellite is ready to fly.

The full article can be found at this link.

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CHEOPS Journal arcticle #15: A jigsaw falling into place: CHEOPS end-to-end testing complete

12 February 2019: After a successful series of tests, the team that will operate the CHEOPS mission is ready for the activities to follow the satellite launch later this year.

The full article can be found at this link.

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CHEOPS has a launch slot: 15 October - 14 November 2019

23 November 2019:  CHEOPS will lift off on a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, sharing the ride into space with a satellite that is part of the Italian Cosmo-SkyMed constellation. It is foreseen that the launch date will be known by August 2019.

The full article can be found at this link.

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CHEOPS Journal arcticle #15: withstanding the sound of launch and avoiding radio interference

 17 October 2018: September was a busy month of acoustic noise testing and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands. The successful tests have shown that the satellite can withstand the high sound pressures of launch and is compatible with its electromagnetic environment at launch and in orbit.

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CHEOPS in the EXOPLANET mission line-up

12 September 2018:  A new graphic has been published, illustrating the place of CHEOPS in the exoplanet mission timeline.     

Versions of the graphics at different resolutions can be downloaded from this link.

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