Unravelling the story of planets within our galaxy
Twinkle 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.
Twinkle will provide a 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
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.
|0.5-2.4 μm (max R=70)
|2.4-4.5 μm (max R=50)
|Active Detector Cooling
|<90K, no consumables
|Star Tracker + Gyro
Centro de Astrobiología
Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Excellence Cluster ORIGINS
French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
National Tsing Hua University
Ohio State University
University of Central Lancashire
University of Delaware
University of Toronto
University of Liege
University of Southern Queensland
Delivering visible and infrared spectroscopy of thousands of objects within and beyond our solar system
Each survey aims to encourage worldwide scientific collaborations leading to high-impact publications by providing powerful population studies in two science areas: exoplanets and solar system bodies.