LISA Pathfinder's science operations phase started!

Test masses inside LISA Technology Package. © ESA/ATG medialab

Both LISA Pathfinder test masses successfully released!

Both LPF test masses are in full free-flight and under Accelerometer control

Stefano Vitale (PI) and Karsten Danzmann (Co-PI) after successful release of LPF test mass #2. ©LPF

A New Astronomy

A New Astronomy

Gravitational waves directly observed for first time

The first gravitational wave signal was observed from the highly relativistic merger of two massive black holes. GW150914 is the beginning of a new era of astronomy.

First detection also proves existence of BH binaries. Numerical simulation of GW150914 by SXS

LPF arrives!

LPF arrived today at Lagrange Point 1

LPF is now in a Lissajous orbit around L1. Copyright ESA/C.Carreau

Top News

Top News

Laser light for LISA Pathfinder

Laser system, the data management unit and several inertial sensor systems – have been successfully switched on and their operability has been confirmed

The LISA Technology Package (LTP) is the scientific heart of the mission. © ESA/ATG medialab

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

Follow LISA Pathfinder in the Online Mission Journal

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

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 was successfully launched from Kourou on Arianespace Flight VV06 on 3rd December 2015 and has now reached to Lagrange Point L1. It entered orbit around L1 on 22nd January 2016.

LISA Pathfinder Mission Timeline

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:
Download the GOAT report here


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


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