LISA Pathfinder takes first steps on journey to space

LPF satellite science and propulsion modules joined in Britain in preparation for the September launch

The LPF spacecraft being assembled at Astrium UK on 27. February 2015. Credit: Dr. Stuart Clark

Preparing the team for LPF operations

The LPF mission duration is very short - the data analysis team must be extremely well prepared!

Team members during the pre-SOVT1.13 operations test. Image: Michele Armano

LPF Technology

LPF Technology

Inertial Sensors delivered for LISA Pathfinder

CGS SpA delivered the inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission

The inertial sensors. Image: University of Trento

eLISA Technology

eLISA Technology

Imaging System Investigations for eLISA

LISA Pathfinder heritage used to test imaging system concepts for eLISA

CAD model of the experiment. Copyright: Airbus DS GmbH, AEI, Uni Glasgow

eLISA Consortium Meeting, 10-12 December 2014, University of Milano Bicocca

Artist's impression of LISA Pathfinder, ESA–D. Ducros, 2010

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

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder: Ready to go!

Designed to demonstrate the eLISA technologies

LISA Pathfinder with Propulsion Unit before space environment testing. Credit: Astrium UK

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 survey the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, to tell us about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself. There will be enormous potential for discovering the parts of the universe that are invisible by other means, such as black holes, the Big Bang, and other, as yet unknown objects.

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THE GRAVITATIONAL UNIVERSE HAS BEEN SELECTED:

ESA DECIDED ON NEXT LARGE MISSION CONCEPTS

ESA announced that the hot and energetic Universe and the search for elusive gravitational waves will be the focus of ESA’s next two large science missions. Both topics will bridge fundamental astrophysics and cosmology themes by studying in detail the processes that are crucial to the large-scale evolution of the Universe and its underlying physics.

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LPF OPTICAL BENCH INTEGRATED INTO CORE ASSEMBLY

LISA Pathfinder space mission reached another important milestone: Its heart, the optical bench, was now further integrated into the core assembly of the satellite. Dr Christian Killow (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Advanced Fellow) said: “It is rewarding to see CAD models turning into real hardware!”

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