The Airbus-constructed CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) has been productively introduced on the early morning of 18 December 2019 on a Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
CHEOPS is the very first exoplanetary mission of the European Place Company (ESA). It is also the 1st satellite crafted by Airbus in Spain for ESA. CHEOPS will characterise exoplanets of nearby stars, observing acknowledged planets in the measurement array concerning Earth and Neptune and precisely measuring their radii to decide their density and have an understanding of what they are designed of. The satellite works by using verified technologies to pave the way for more substantial and a lot more formidable missions – with the goal of verifying if any exoplanet might be capable of supporting life.
The Soyuz launcher took off as scheduled with its five passengers allotted on the multi-payload dispenser also created by Airbus. CHEOPS separated just after two several hours and 23 minutes from lift-off. Right after the in-orbit commissioning, CHEOPS will begin its operational life span of at minimum 3.five years and will work in a Sunshine-synchronous Earth orbit at an altitude of 700 km.
Phillipe Pham, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science, Place Techniques reported: “CHEOPS, a pathfinder for long term exoplanets missions, is a very important programme for Airbus as it is the initially Science mission primed from Spain. With the abilities and the potent engagement of our workforce and our 24 partners from 11 European nations around the world, we were ready to provide the satellite beautifully on time to ESA and contributed to this achievement. We seem ahead to the future ESA Science mission, Solar Orbiter.”
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