The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the launch of the Cheops satellite specializing in extrasolar planets (exoplanets) between October 15 and November 14, 2019.
Cheops will fly into the Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport of Kuru (French Guiana) and will be run by the French company Arianespace.
The satellite "will observe every bright star in which exis- tal planets are known to exist", especially those that have a size that oscillates between Earth and Neptune.
"By knowing the planets, Cheops will know exactly when and where to try to capture the exoplanet while passing its star's disk, its ability to monitor multiple transits on any planet will allow scientists to measure the size of small planets," he said . ,
Cheops is now in Spain to "complete the final tests before being declared fit for release in early 2019" after completing a series of "environmental tests" at the ESA Technical Center in the Netherlands.
Inside Soyuz they will share space travel with another device, in this case one of the four satellites belonging to the Cosmo-SkyMed Italian constellation.
Shortly after climbing, "the two satellites will be split into their own orbits, and the Cheops will operate in low orbit on land at an altitude of 700 kilometers," the agency said.
The satellite "will watch every bright star in which the existence of alien planets is known". (COMPOSITION)
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