Nautilus is a revolutionary space telescope concept that builds on a novel technology – engineered material diffractive-transmissive optical elements – to overcome the greatest limitations of space telescopes: non-scalable primary mirrors. By providing large but ultra-light telescope apertures, the Nautilus technology will enable the launch of a large fleet of identical telescopes. With a light-collecting power equivalent to a 50m diameter mirror Nautilus will be capable of surveying thousands of earth-sized habitable zone planets for atmospheric signatures of life.

    Nautilus Faculty

    Dániel Apai

    Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Science, Principal Investigator, Alien Earths, Professor

    Astrobiology, Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Formation and Evolution