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Professor Hiranya Peiris shares Breakthrough Prize for early universe mapping

A leading UCL cosmologist has shared this year’s $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for creating detailed maps of the early Universe. More...

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UCL to host one of eight new PhD training centres to boost UK’s data science expertise

Data intensive science in the UK has received a major boost thanks to an investment of almost £10million to train the next generation of experts in this important research area. More...

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Catching the first light from a gravitational wave event

Light and gravitational waves produced by the same event – a pair of neutron stars exploding – have been detected for the first time by a huge international collaboration involving UCL researchers. More...

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New X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer enters trial phase in UCL Chemistry

UCL’s Chemistry department has used a multi-user EPSRC grant to purchase a new X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS). The XPS is available for use by all UCL researchers, and promises new opportunities for research in the Faculty for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and beyond.  More...

UCL-led Twinkle exoplanet mission completes design milestone

27 June 2016

Twinkle, a mission led by UCL scientists that will unravel the story of planets in our galaxy, has completed a key design milestone.  The results of the “payload study” demonstrate that Twinkle’s instruments will be able to achieve the mission’s science objectives.

Twinkle illustration

Twinkle’s will analyse light transmitted through, and emitted or reflected by, the atmospheres of exoplanets in order to give radical insights into worlds orbiting distant stars.

“This is a big step for Twinkle,” said Dr Giorgio Savini (UCL Physics and Astronomy), and Twinkle’s Payload Lead, who is responsible for the study. “We can now demonstrate that Twinkle will have the agility, stability and sensitivity required to pick out this light, analyse the spectra and allow us to extract information on the gases present.”

Twinkle Exploded View

The Twinkle spacecraft will be constructed by the world-leading small satellite company, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), and will carry a payload weighing less than 100kg that includes the scientific instrumentation, electronics, a cooling system and a fine guidance system.

The whole payload package is about the size of a water boiler and will be built by a consortium of UK companies and institutions.  The UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory is responsible for the overall mechanical design.

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