CHEOPS will further exoplanet knowledge
A combined mission between the Swiss Space Office (SSO) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is a planned space telescope that will aid in the study of known exoplanets discovered in previous missions. Launching from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, its main goal will be to take measurements of exoplanets which have already had their mass estimated by ground-based surveys.
By knowing the radii and the mass of an exoplanet through CHEOPS data scientists will be able to determine the density of the exoplanets, hinting at their composition, which will make them easier to characterise. CHEOPS will also be able to search for shallow transits of planets by measuring photometric signals.