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Apr 07, 2014 CHEOPS Science Archive mirror @ ASDC

The ASDC has been accepted as a CHEOPS SOC member, and will provide the Science Archive mirror.
CHEOPS mission, selected on October 2012 as the first S-class mission and officially adopted on February 2014 with launch planned for 2017, will study transits of a subset of planets in the super-Earth to Neptune mass range orbiting bright stars.

The ASDC will host the CHEOPS archive within its infrastructures and will provide access to scientific users to public and private data according to the agreed access rights. First science data are expected to be available for SOC in early 2018.

For more details:
CHEOPS on ESA website: http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/49469-cheops/
CHEOPS on Bern CSH website: http://cheops.unibe.ch

Feb 21, 2014 CHEOPS formal adoption by ESA

The CHEOPS mission, the first mission dedicated to study exoplanetary transits, has been formally adopted by ESA Science Programme Commitee on February 19, thus authorizing to proceed with the implementation phase.
Selected on October 2012 as the first S-class mission within Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 with launch readiness for 2017, CHEOPS will provide the unique capability of determining radii within ~10% accuracy, for a subset of planets in the super-Earth to Neptune mass range.

The main scientific objective of the mission will be to measure the bulk density of super-Earths and Neptunes already knwon to orbit bright stars and then to provide "golden targets" for future in-depth characterisation studies of exoplanets in these mass and size ranges.

Knowing where to look and at what time to observe makes CHEOPS the most efficient instrument to search for shallow transits and to determine accurate radii for this sample of planets.

CHEOPS will also offer 20% of open time to the community to be allocated through competitive scientific review.

The CHEOPS data will be useful to prepare the PLATO mission, the next M-class ESA mission selected on the same date and dedicated to explanetary system discovery, in the best possible way.

For more details:
CHEOPS on ESA website: http://sci.esa.int/cosmic-vision/49469-cheops/
CHEOPS on Bern CSH website: http://cheops.unibe.ch
Press release CSH: http://cheops.unibe.ch/images/media/CHEOPSPLATO2014_E.pdf