Cheops ESA Satellite

Cheops is ESAs CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite. It is the first space mission dedicated to studying bright, nearby stars that are already known to host exoplanets, in order to make high-precision observations of the planets size as it passes in front of its host star. It focuses on planets in the super-Earth to Neptune size range, with its data enabling the bulk density of the planets to be derived - a first-step characterisation towards understanding these alien worlds.

Mission Information

Mission Details

NameCheops
Mission InfoCharacterizing Exoplanet Satellite
TypeSatellite
Launch DateDecember 18, 2019
Launch SiteGuiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana

Satellite Details

Scientific InstrumentHigh-Precision Photometer
Mass280 Kg
ManufacturerAirbus Defence and Space

Orbit Information

OrbitSun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO)
Orbital Altitude700 Km
Orbital Inclination98 Degrees

Space Organization Details

OrganizationESA
ContinentEurope
CountryFrance