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ЦитатаEgyptian satellite, ESA science probe share plane ride to launch baseOctober 16, 2019 | Stephen ClarkThese photos show the loading of Egypt's TIBA 1 communications satellite (left) and the European Space Agency's CHEOPS scientific satellite (right) on an Antonov An-124 cargo plane at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France for transport to Kourou, French Guiana. Credit: Airbus Defense and Space/P. Masclet/Master FilmsA European-built communications satellite, manufactured in secret for the Egyptian government, joined a European Space Agency exoplanet observatory aboard a Ukrainian Antonov An-124 cargo plane for a trans-Atlantic flight Wednesday to begin final launch preparations in French Guiana.The TIBA 1 communications satellite and ESA's Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite, or CHEOPS, were loaded into the Antonov cargo plane at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in France, near an Airbus spacecraft factory.The heavy-duty aircraft transported the satellites -- both inside climate-controlled shipping containers -- on a trans-Atlantic journey to the airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, where they landed Wednesday afternoon. The two spacecraft were expected to travel by truck to the nearby Guiana Space Center in Kourou, where technicians will remove the satellites from their containers and prepare them for launch....A Soyuz mission will follow the Ariane 5 flight to close out this year's schedule for Arianespace, the French launch service provider responsible for launch operations at the European-run Guiana Space Center in South America.Set for liftoff at 0854 GMT (3:54 a.m. EST; 5:54 a.m. French Guiana time) on Dec. 17, the Soyuz rocket and its Fregat upper stage will carry the CSG 1 radar satellite, CHEOPS, and five CubeSats into a polar sun-synchronous orbit.Developed in partnership between ESA and the Swiss Space Office, CHEOPS hosts a relatively small 12-inch (30-centimeter) telescope designed to help astronomers measure the sizes of planets orbiting other stars.CHEOPS will detect dips in light coming from other stars caused by already-known transiting planets. It's a follow-up to space telescopes like NASA's Kepler observatory and the French space agency's CoRoT mission.The CHEOPS spacecraft. Credit: ESA - S. Corvaja"The idea is that we know now several thousands of these exoplanets," said Willy Benz, CHEOPS principal investigator from the University of Bern. "We are more interested slowly toward characterizing them with precision, knowing what they're made of and their temperature, and so on and so forth."CHEOPS was assembled at an Airbus facility in Spain and will weigh around 640 pounds (about 290 kilograms) when it lifts off aboard the Soyuz booster.
Цитата Stéphane Israël @arianespaceceo 4 ч. назадWelcome to French Guiana, #CHEOPS! @ESA's CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite is scheduled for launch on #Arianespace's Flight #VS23 w/ #Soyuz in December. #MissiontoSuccess @AirbusSpace
Цитата Stéphane Israël @arianespaceceo 4 ч. назадAnother passenger has been delivered for #Soyuz Flight #VS23 in December: @CNES' ANGELS (ARGOS Néo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite), which is the first nanosatellite completely built by French industry. #MissiontoSuccess@NEXEYA_FRANCE
Цитата DutchSpace @DutchSpace 17 окт.Interesting image of @ESA_CHEOPS arrival at CSG, 1. New Truck 2. "my neighboring EPCU" S1B will be used #CSG #ESA #VS23
Цитата DutchSpace @DutchSpace 19 окт.Nice shot of @ESA_CHEOPS out of the container inside S1B at CSG#CSG #VS23 #ESA
ЦитатаAriane 5, Soyuz | October 18, 2019Payloads for Arianespace's next two launches are welcomed in French GuianaThe shipping container with the TIBA-1 payload is unloaded fr om a chartered An-124 cargo jetliner at French Guiana's Félix Eboué Airport. This spacecraft will be orbited by an Ariane 5 on Arianespace Flight VA250.The Spaceport is stepping up activity for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 and Soyuz missions following the delivery of three satellite passengers to French Guiana - which arrived at Cayenne's Félix Eboué Airport earlier this week aboard the same chartered cargo jetliner.The three spacecraft - TIBA-1, CHEOPS and ANGELS - subsequently were unloaded from the An-124 aircraft for transfer by road to the Spaceport launch base, wh ere each will be prepared for liftoff before the end of 2019....Hunting exoplanets with CHEOPSThe other two spacecraft on this week's "special delivery" to French Guiana - CHEOPS and ANGELS - will be co-passengers on Arianespace's next Soyuz mission from the Spaceport, designated Flight VS23 and scheduled for December.CHEOPS (the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) is a European Space Agency exoplanet mission in partnership with Switzerland and other ESA member states, which ultimately will help scientists understand the formation of planets of varying sizes. Based on an Airbus satellite platform, CHEOPS will weigh approximately 300 kg. at launch.The spacecraft will target nearby, bright stars already known to have planets orbiting around them. Through high-precision monitoring of a star's brightness, scientists will examine the transit of a planet as it passes briefly across the star's face. In turn, this will allow an accurate measurement of the planet's radius. For those planets with a known mass, the density will be revealed, providing an indication of the internal structure.An historic nanosatelliteANGELS (Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite) is the first nanosatellite completely built by French industry. It was jointly financed and developed by the French CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales) space agency and the industrial group HEMERIA, and will have a liftoff mass of approximately 30 kg.The nanosatellite is fitted with a miniaturized ARGOS Néo instrument, which is 10-times smaller than the equivalent previous-generation device. The instrument collects and determines the position of low-power signals and messages sent by the 20,000 ARGOS beacons now in service worldwide.Arianespace's upcoming Flights VA250 and VS23 will be the company's eighth and ninth launches of 2019, respectively.CHEOPS is unloaded from the cargo jetliner that delivered it to French Guiana's Félix Eboué Airport (at left); while its ANGELS nanosat co-passenger on Arianespace's Soyuz Flight VS23 mission has been prepared for transfer by road from the airport to the SpaceportLarger versions of the photos above are available in the Gallery.
Цитата Stéphane Israël @arianespaceceo 2 ч. назадSpecial delivery to French Guiana! The primary passenger for #Arianespace's next #Soyuz mission, the first COSMO-SkyMed Second-Generation Earth observation satellite, has arrived and will now be readied for its liftoff in December.#VS23 @ASI_spazio @Thales_Alenia_S
ЦитатаFIRST SECOND-GENERATION COSMO-SKYMED SATELLITE ARRIVES AT LAUNCH SITE11/12/2019The first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG1) arrived today at the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, after being shipped from Thales Alenia Space's facility in Rome. Built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for the Italian space agency ASI and the Italian Ministry of Defense, this radar observation satellite will be launched by the end of the year by Arianespace, using a Soyuz rocket.The second-generation COSMO-SkyMed system comprises two Earth observation satellites, and will ensure service continuity with the four satellites in the first-generation system. COSMO-SkyMed is a dual-use system (civil/military), designed to meet a broad range of requirements from commercial and governmental customers, including the scientific community.Thales Alenia Space is responsible for the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation program, including the construction of the two satellites, while Telespazio is in charge of developing the ground segment, integrated logistics and operations.Leonardo also contributes to the program by supplying attitude sensors and state-of-the-art equipment that will process and distribute electric power throughout the satellites.State-of-the-art technologiesThe satellite features state-of-the-art technologies and engineering solutions. The system as a whole will set a new performance standard for space-based radar observation systems, in terms of precision, image quality and flexible user services.Цитата"I could describe our first and second generation COSMO-SkyMed systems by comparing them to two of my favorite Italian directors, Federico Fellini and Paolo Sorrentino," notes Giampiero Di Paolo, Director of the Observation and Navigation domain at Thales Alenia Space in Italy. "These two cinematic giants marked different generations by making some of the most exceptional films in the world, each in his own inimitable style. The first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite marks a quantum leap forward in terms of technology, performance and service life, thus reinforcing Italy's leadership in Earth observation. We could draw a parallel between some of our outstanding movie directors and the expertise of Thales Alenia Space in Italy in terms of state-of-the-art radar observation solutions."A benevolent eye on our planet since 2007Since the first first-generation COSMO-SkyMed satellite was launched in 2007, the system has continuously monitored the Earth's surface, while also addressing government requirements and helping us respond to natural disasters.It has proven to be especially useful following the spate of natural disasters hitting our planet in recent years, including earthquakes in L'Aquila (Italy) in 2009 and Amatrice in 2016, and the hurricanes Nargis (Myanmar) in 2008 and Harvey in 2017. Analyzing radar data from the constellation helped pinpoint the disaster zones, so rescue operations could be launched and also to assess the damage caused. This system has been used a number of times for specific purposes, such as monitoring deforestation in the Amazon, authenticating sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list, or tracking melting icecaps at the poles. COSMO-SkyMed also helped determine the scope of damage caused by the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Other customers have called on COSMO-SkyMed's benevolent gaze to provide data needed to deploy tools to support sustainable agriculture.
Цитата"I could describe our first and second generation COSMO-SkyMed systems by comparing them to two of my favorite Italian directors, Federico Fellini and Paolo Sorrentino," notes Giampiero Di Paolo, Director of the Observation and Navigation domain at Thales Alenia Space in Italy. "These two cinematic giants marked different generations by making some of the most exceptional films in the world, each in his own inimitable style. The first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite marks a quantum leap forward in terms of technology, performance and service life, thus reinforcing Italy's leadership in Earth observation. We could draw a parallel between some of our outstanding movie directors and the expertise of Thales Alenia Space in Italy in terms of state-of-the-art radar observation solutions."
Цитата ESA_CHEOPS @ESA_CHEOPS 1 ч. назадGood morning fr om Kourou, French Guiana, wh ere #Cheops launch preparations proceed Global health checks and propulsion module leak tests have been completed. Here the satellite is on the move towards the next step: propellant fuelling More http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Search?SearchText=cheops&result_type=images ...
Цитата DutchSpace @DutchSpace 13 ч. назадIt's @ESA_CHEOPS on the move, seen here moving from S1B to S5 for further payload processing before launch on Soyuz VS23#VS23 #CSG #ESA
Цитата DutchSpace @DutchSpace 3 ч. назадFueling done for @ESA_CHEOPS #VS23 #CSG #ESA #CHEOPS
Цитата DutchSpace @DutchSpace 49 мин. назадNice shot during integration of @ESA_CHEOPS #CHEOPS #VS23 #CSG #ESA
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde26 ноября в 14:22 ·SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Заправка ДУ КА CHEOPS :
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde2 ч. · SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Установка КА CHEOPS на переходник. : :
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde6 ч. · SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Установка ASAP на спутник CHEOPS :
ЦитатаExoplanet satellite encapsulated02/12/2019DOWNLOADAt Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is being encapsulated into the flight adapter of the Soyuz-Fregat rocket that will lift it into space on 17 December.It's an intense period at the Spaceport, where engineers from ESA, Airbus and CNES have been preparing for launch since the satellite arrival in mid-October.This sequence of photographs, taklen on 29 November, shows the Souyuz Arianespace System for Auxiliary Payloads (ASAP-S) being carefully and progressively aligned to Cheops, then lowered onto and finally mated to the conic adapter. The mechanical integration is completed by fastening the fixation bolts. : Cheops is ESA's first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known to host planets, measuring minuscule brightness changes due to the planet's transit across the star's disc.The mission will target stars hosting planets in the Earth- to Neptune-size range, yielding precise measurements of the planet sizes. This, together with independent information about the planet masses, will allow scientists to determine their density, enabling a first-step characterisation of these extrasolar worlds. A planet's density provides vital clues about its composition and structure, indicating for example if it is predominantly rocky or gassy, or perhaps harbours significant oceans.The first small, or S-class, mission in ESA's science programme, Cheops is a partnership between ESA and Switzerland, with a dedicated consortium led by the University of Bern, and with important contributions from 10 other ESA Member States.Cheops paves the way for the next generation of ESA's exoplanet satellites, with two further missions - Plato and Ariel - planned for the next decade to tackle different aspects of the evolving field of exoplanet science. Together, these missions will keep the European scientific community at the forefront of exoplanet research well beyond the next decade, and will build on answering the fundamental question: what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life?More about Cheops(C) ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique vidéo du CSG/S Martin
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde4 ч. · SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Установка кубсатов - OPS-SAT (CU5) на ASAP
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde4 ч. · SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Установка кубсатов - ANGELS (CU3) на ASAP :
ЦитатаAssociation des amis de l'activité spatiale dans le monde4 ч. · SOYUZ ST-B Vol 23 - CSG PFM - CHEOPS - CUBESAT ANGELS - CUBESAT EYESAT - CUBESAT OPS-SAT et CUBESAT OPENCOSMOS.Размещение CHEOPS (CU2) и ASAP в CCU2 :