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CHEOPS

The CHaracterizing ExoPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is a joint mission between ESA and Switzerland to be launched in 2019. ESA’s Science Programme has selected CHEOPS in 2012 as the first small mission (S-mission) in its Programme (see CHEOPS Website).

CHEOPS will be the first mission dedicated to search for transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. By being able to point at nearly any location on the sky, it will provide the unique capability of determining accurate radii for a subset of those planets for which the mass has already been estimated from ground-based spectroscopic surveys. It will also provide precision radii for new planets discovered by the next generation ground-based transits surveys (Neptune-size and smaller).

The purpose of the CHEOPS Platform within our NCCR is to provide the organization and the funding for a high-visibility science exploitation of the mission. In particular it will create a pool of young scientists not attributed to a specific institute but encouraged to work across institutional boundaries. The CHEOPS pool will be composed of:

  • PhD students who will be incorporated in the PlanetS doctoral network organised by the NCCR
  • CHEOPS Fellows  who are competitively selected postdocs who will be offered fellowships  with a small research budget (10 kCHF/year) for travel and miscellaneous expenses. The CHEOPS Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the interdisciplinary work carried out within the NCCR

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Artist representation of the CHEOPS satellite
(credit:ESA)

 

 

 

 

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