Twinkle - A Mission to Unravel the Story of Planets in Our Galaxy

Twinkle - A Mission to Unravel the Story of Planets in Our Galaxy

Twinkle is a small, low-cost mission that will use spectroscopy to decode the light from hundreds of extrasolar planets. Twinkle will be able to reveal, for the first time, the chemical composition, weather and history of worlds orbiting distant stars. Twinkle involves a consortium of more than 15 research institutes and companies: the satellite will be built in the UK using existing technology and launched into a low-Earth orbit within 3 years. This vision - a mission led by scientists, built and launched within just 3 years on a budget that is one tenth of standard costs - could revolutionise astronomy.

About Marcell Tessenyi

Dr Marcell Tessenyi is the Project Manager on Twinkle. Previously, Marcell has worked both on the science and the management of the ESA M3 “EChO” space mission concept. He has helped with defining the science case from the early stages of the project to the preparation of the final report, along with supporting the project management at STFC-RAL. Marcell has been involved in numerous mission concepts, both past and ongoing, notably THESIS, EChOBeach, Ariel, and an instrument concept on Spica. Marcell’s scientific interests lie in atmospheric modelling and the issue of detectability of molecules in the atmospheres of exoplanets.