Democratisation of Space


Twinkle was invited to take part at a session on the democratisation of space, as part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 in Manchester last week. ESOF is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. The 2016 meeting in Manchester attracted 4,500 people. Alongside our own Marcell Tessenyi, the panel comprised: * Prof Alan … Read More

Women in STEM


There are not enough women working in, or studying at a higher level, the STEM subjects. This should not be shocking news although is hugely disappointing. The sciences have traditionally been dominated by men and, although at GCSE level girls do as well (if not better) than boys at the sciences and maths, at any level past GCSE women are … Read More

Twinkle’s Year

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This year has been a pretty great year for Twinkle! Since our project’s public launch at the Royal Astronomical Society in February the mission has reached some really import milestones, both in developing our payload and in our education and outreach programme. The payload study has in fact reached completion, and we will be releasing a detailed design proposal early in … Read More

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited


We’re coming to the end of the Twinkle payload study, which started in March this year. We’ve had the detailed design review of the specifications and design for our telescope on the 26th of November, and plans will be finalised by the end of the year. It was possible to complete the study in a relatively short time in part … Read More

How are we going to learn about exoplanets?


When an (exo)planet passes in between us and its star, it blocks some of the light travelling from its star to us. When it then travels out of our line of sight, the star regains its original brightness. This phenomenon makes the star appear to “twinkle”. As we’ve already gone over in this blog, these twinkling stars can be used … Read More