Last station before launch! The CHEOPS satellite has arrived by plane on 16 October 2019 at Europe’s Spaceport Kourou in French Guiana. Now CHEOPS is being prepared to launch into space soon with Soyuz VS23. Once in orbit around the Earth, it will begin to measure the exact radii of planets in distant solar systems to determine their planetary density.
The container carrying the CHEOPS satellite is offloaded from the Antonov cargo plane at Cayenne airport, French Guiana. (Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique vidéo du CSG)