LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder

LISA Pathfinder arrives at the Launch Site in Kourou, French Guiana

The An-124 carrying the LISA Pathfinder arriving at Cayenne Airport. Credit: ESA

The final path to launch

LISA Pathfinder has left IAB for Kourou

Special delivery to Kourou spaceport. Copyright: ESA_LPF

Top News

Top News

LISA Pathfinder on the way to launch

The satellite is completed

LISA Pathfinder Science Module atop the propulsion module at IABG Ottobrunn. (© Airbus DS)

Top News

Top News

New Hubble Find suggests eLISA will directly observe "Engine" of many Quasars

Hubble: Nearest Quasar is powered by a Double Black Hole

Artist's view of a Binary Black Hole. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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)

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

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

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 will pave the way for the eLISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection. The LISA Pathfinder Mission is scheduled for launch from Kourou Spaceport on Arianespace Flight VV06 on 2nd December 2015.

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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.