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Europe’s CHEOPS Satellite Cleared for Lift off

By | March 13, 2019
The copper-colored baffle cover of the European Space Agency's Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) in the clean room at Airbus Defence and Space in Madrid. Photo: S. Corvaja/ESA

The copper-colored baffle cover of the European Space Agency’s Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) in the clean room at Airbus Defense and Space in Madrid. Photo: S. Corvaja/ESA

A European exoplanet-studying spacecraft has been cleared for liftoff this fall.

The Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) recently passed a crucial review designed to assess the spacecraft’s readiness for flight and ability to meet major mission goals, European Space Agency (ESA) officials announced on Monday (March 11).

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