The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the launch of the satellite & # 39; Cheops, specialized in extrasolar planets (exoplanets), between 15 & # 39; October 14 & # 39; November 2019.
Cheops will take off in the Soyuz carrier rocket from the European spaceport of & # 39; Kourou (French Guiana) and will be conducted by French company Arianespace.
The satellite 'strong points each star which there is known "a & # 39; extrasolar planets, especially those having a size ranging from" World and Neptun ".
"As the planets know, Cheops will know exactly when and where they aim to capture the exoplanet as crossing the disc of its star, its ability to observe multiple transits & # 39; each planet allows scientists measure the size of small planets..
Couples is now in Spain to "perform final testing before being declared fit for early launch in 2019" after having completed a series of & # 39; "environmental testing" at the technical center of ESA in the Netherlands.
Inside the Soyuz, will share the trip & # 39; the space & # 39; other devices, in & # 39; in this case one of the four & # 39; satellites belonging to the Italian constellation, COSMO-Skymed.
Shortly after leaving "two satellites will separate at the same time in their own orbit, b & # 39; Kopouls operating in & # 39; low orbit Earth, f & # 39; altitude & # 39; 700 km ", explained the agency.
The satellite "states a powerful star in which the existence" of & # 39; extrasolar planets known. (Archive)