23/02/2017

The discovery of the Trappist-1 system paves the way for the search of planetary systems similar to our solar system, which is the objective of ESA’s CHEOPS mission

The discovery of the Trappist-1 system, announced yesterday by NASA, paves the way for the search of planetary systems similar to our solar system. That is precisely the objective of ESA’s CHEOPS, to be launched in 2018. Deimos Engenharia plays a major role in CHEOPS, being the responsible for planning all the observations and operations of the mission.

CHEOPS´s (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) main science goals are to measure the bulk density of super-Earths and Neptunes orbiting bright stars and to provide suitable targets for future in-depth characterisation studies of exoplanets in these mass and size ranges. It is the first mission dedicated to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultra-high precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets.

Deimos Engenharia will plan the observations and operations of CHEOPS in search for exoplanets

Deimos is in charge of the whole mission planning of CHEOPS, and this includes defining how the telescope should behave in order to achieve its scientific goals. The company is also responsible for the Data Archive and Dissemination, required for the storage of all mission data (L0, L1 and L2) and for the Dissemination Channel to all authorized users.

The technologies used by Elecnor Deimos for CHEOPS are based in the gs4EO suite of products, the result of more than 15 years of work in ground segment systems – the systems that support all the operations of a spacecraft. gs4EO products are fully operational and deployed in several Earth Observation ESA and Copernicus missions. With CHEOPS, gs4EO will also be qualified for Space Science and Exploration missions.

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