Unravel the story of planets within our galaxy
Explore our seven-year space science mission, Twinkle
A new class of Science Satellite
Twinkle is a seven-year space science mission that will unravel the story of planets within our galaxy.
Collaborative international surveys will deliver visible and infrared spectroscopy of thousands of targets, enabling scientists to produce transformative research on exoplanet atmospheres, solar system objects, stars and stellar discs.
Scientists worldwide can join the mission and shape its science agenda through a simple membership programme
Centro de Astrobiología
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Excellence Cluster ORIGINS
Tsing Hua University
Ohio State University
University of Central Lancashire
University of Delaware
University of Toronto
University of Liege
University of Southern Queensland
Twinkle is being designed in collaboration with leading satellite and instrument manufacturers Airbus and ABB. The high-heritage approach to the design and component selection will deliver a high-specification astronomy satellite within the short timeframes usually associated with commercial satellites.
The satellite will operate in a low-Earth, Sun-synchronous polar orbit, maximising opportunities for science observations along the ecliptic plane.
|Primary Mirror||0.45 m|
|Spectral Range||0.5-4.5 μm|
|Ch0 Resolution||0.5-2.4 μm (max R=70)|
|Ch1 Resolution||2.4-4.5 μm (max R=50)|
|Active Detector Cooling||<90K, no consumables|
|Pointing Solution||Star Tracker + Gyro|
Twinkle will provide high-quality infrared spectroscopic characterisation of the atmospheres of a population of exoplanets, covering a wide range of planetary types.
Solar System Science
Twinkle will study the surface composition of thousands of small bodies within our Solar System