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Airbus Meets All Expectations for Spacecraft Delivered in Orbit

Airbus has recently received confirmation from ESA of a successful end to the In Orbit Commissioning (IOC) of CHEOPS after the IOC review.

This critical phase was performed by Airbus in Spain with the support of the Instrument Team (University of Bern), Mission Operation Centre (INTA), Science Operation Centre (University of Geneva) and ESA.

The IOC phase started on January 07 and over the past months Airbus has conducted the operations to verify the performance of the satellite (platform and instrument), the ground segment and the science package.

During this time the main goal was to consolidate the documentation, processes and procedures for use during the operational phase.

ESA recognised the great job done by the Airbus teams and stated there were no issues preventing routine operations from starting and confirmed hand-over of the mission operations from Airbus to INTA and the mission consortium.