The launch of the European Space Agency's "Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite" (CHEOPS) is scheduled for December 1
The coverage of the launch is taken over by ESA, which runs a livestream on its website and at Vimeo. If a YouTube link becomes available, we will ensure that it is inserted here. Reporting will begin shortly before the start at 12:30 p.m. PT.
The main task of CHEOPS, an observatory the size of a mini-refrigerator, is to measure the size of exoplanets, which are used by late, large planetary hunting machines such as the. The exoplanets CHEOPS are most interested in falling into the mass range between a super earth and Neptune.
Using high-precision measurements, the researchers in the observatory can better understand the composition of exoplanets and investigate whether or not they are potentially habitable worlds.