Press releases


16 June 2016 – Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

Twinkle, an independent mission to unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key preliminary design milestone. The results of the payload study demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives. Read more…

Linked publications:

  • SPIE pre-print: Twinkle – A Low Earth Orbit Visible and Infrared Exoplanet Spectroscopy Observatory; G. Savini and the Twinkle Payload Consortium. Preprint (SPIE astronomical telescopes + instrumentation 2016 paper 9904—175) – Proceedings of the SPIE (2016)
  • 4S Symposium pre-print: Twinkle: A new idea for commercial astrophysics missions; S. Jason, A. da Silva Curiel, M. Tessenyi, G. Tinetti, G. Savini, J. Tennyson, E. Pascale, J. Williams, G. Johnson, S. Prasad, A. Vora, C. Saunders, J. Friend, M. Sweeting. Presented at the 4S Symposium, Valletta, Malta, 30 May 2016.


6 February 2015 – Twinkle on fast-track mission to unveil exoplanet atmospheres

A team of UK scientists and engineers have announced plans for a small satellite, named ‘Twinkle’, that will give radical new insights into the chemistry, formation and evolution of planets orbiting other stars. Read more…


Twinkle in the News

Selected links to articles on Twinkle in the news:

24 June 2016 – The Guardian

Twinkle will cast a weather eye on far-flung planets


25 August 2015 – Discovery News

Tiny Space Telescope to Aim at ‘Super-Earth’ Atmospheres


24 July – The Conversation

UK satellite Twinkle will reveal atmospheres of distant exoplanets


15 March 2015 – Chemical and Engineering News

UK’s Twinkle Mission Set To Explore Exoplanets


6 February 2015 – Sky at Night Magazine    

Twinkle, twinkle, little satellite


6 February 2015 – SEN

UK’s fast-track space mission to study exoplanet atmospheres


26 January – New Scientist

Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate


Storify: Twinkle Mission open science meeting