LISA Pathfinder: Science payload completed and integrated into the satellite

Next steps: Shipment to Kourou and launch in autumn

The LTP Core Assembly before the vibration test (© Airbus DS)

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LISA Pathfinder's scientific payload completely assembled

Assembly of LPF satellite on track for launch on top of Vega rocket in late September

LTP Core Assembly in LTP Support Structure (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

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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

LPF Operations

LPF Operations

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

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ESA announces launch of the LISA Pathfinder mission for autumn 2015

In the first press release of 2015 on 16th Jan, ESA announced the LPF launch window opening in autumn 2015

Image of VEGA VV01 Rollout. Credit: ESA/M. Pedoussaut)

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

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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June 23, 2015: The highly sensitive scientific payload of the LISA Pathfinder Mission (LPF) was now completed and integrated into the satellite after more than 10 years of intense development. The science instruments are the core of the mission.

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LISA Pathfinder - Video of the science payload integration


While the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) satellite is undergoing its last tests before shipping to the launch site and the launch in autumn, the LPF scientists prepare for the mission operations.