20 October 2012, 01:35

ESA to orbit space telescope

ESA to orbit space telescope

In 2017 the European Space Agency plans to orbit a CHaracterizing ExoPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) as part of its proposed Small Mission.

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).

Voice of Russia, SSC

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