LISA Pathfinder will pave the way for the eLISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection.
The quietest place in the solar system
LISA Pathfinder (LPF) will place two test masses in a nearly perfect gravitational free-fall, and will control and measure their relative motion with unprecedented accuracy. This is achieved through innovative technologies comprising inertial sensors, an optical metrology system, a drag-free control system and micro-Newton thruster system. The test-masses and their environment will be the quietest place in the solar system.
All these technologies are not only essential for eLISA, they also lie at the heart of any future space-based test of Einstein's General Relativity.
LPF is scheduled to launch on 2nd December 2015.
June 23, 2014
LISA Pathfinder: Science payload completed and integrated into the satellite
After more than 10 years of intense development, the highly sensitive scientific payload of the LISA Pathfinder Mission (LPF) was completed and integrated into the satellite. The science instruments are the core of the mission. Read more
November 11, 2014
Inertial sensors of the LISA Pathfinder mission delivered
The inertial sensors are key elements of LISA Pathfinder. They were delivered in Milan on 3rd November 2014 during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Italian producer, Compagnia Generale dello Spazio (CGS spa). The Inertial Sensors received funding from the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and were designed by scientists from the University of Trento, supported by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). Read more