US National Academies recommend NASA should restore support for eLISA

The National Academies released their midterm assessment of the Astrophysics Decadal Survey in Washinton DC on 15 August 2016.

Artist's impression of an eLISA spacecraft. Image credit: AEI/MM/exozet

LISA Pathfinder Mission exceeds expectations

LISA Pathfinder successfully demonstrates key technologies for gravitational wave observation in space

LPF is testing technology for future gravitational-wave observatories in space. © ESA–C.Carreau

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LISA Pathfinder mission progress including the LISA Pathfinder Launch Campaign at the European Space Agency

LPF ground clamp-band being replaced for flight clamp-band at Kourou Space Centre. @ ESA-F.Bertini

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder launches successfully on 3 Dec 2015

LISA Pathfinder lifted off from Kourou on VV06

LISA Pathfinder blasts off into low-earth orbit on 3 Dec 2015. ©ESA–Stephane Corvaja, 2015

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

Selected: The Gravitational Universe

ESA decided on next Large Mission Concepts

ESA announced a new vision to study the invisible universe and L2 and L3 science concepts

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

The Gravitational Universe

Illuminating the dark universe with a new astronomy

Artist's impression of supermassive black hole. Credit: ESA/NASA, AVO project, Paolo Padovani.

eLISA Mission

eLISA Mission

eLISA: A New Astronomy

evolving Laser Interferometer Space Antenna

Artist's impression of eLISA satellite. Credit: AEI/MM/exozet

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eLISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With eLISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself.

LISA Pathfinder paves the way for the eLISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection. First results show that LISA Pathfinder is working to a precision five times better than required, successfully demonstrating the key technologies for a large gravitational wave observatory in space. The LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on 3rd December 2015.

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Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team says it sees no showstoppers

While LISA Pathfinder is busy demonstrating technology for space-based gravitational-wave observatories, ESA's Gravitational Observatory Advisory Team (GOAT) sees no showstoppers for a full-scale eLISA mission, writes Jonathan Amos for BBC News:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36068599
Download the GOAT report here


11th INTERNATIONAL LISA SYMPOSIUM, 5-9 SEPTEMBER 2016, ZURICH

The eleventh International LISA Symposium jointly organized by ETH Zurich and University of Zurich will take place at the Irchel Campus of University of Zurich, Switzerland September 5 – 9, 2016. Deadline for registration is 31 July 2016.
Conference webpage