Our division plays the leading role in the development of the space-based gravitational-wave detector LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna). The current mission design for the next ESA L2 mission is called evolving LISA (eLISA). The division is a major player in the LISA Pathfinder mission, which successfully tested key technologies for eLISA and was launched on Dec 3, 2015. LISA technology will also fly onboard the GRACE Follow-On mission, which will observe climate change trough changes in the Earth's gravitational field.
LISA technology is now being used for Earth observation and will improve future satellite geodesy missions. GRACE Follow-On will observe the critical indicators of climate change through changes in Earth's gravitational field. The mission successfully launched into Earth orbit on the 22nd of May 2018 from Vandenberg, California. First observational data are expected in the summer of 2018.
LISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), a space-based detector with million-kilometer long arms will detect low-frequency gravitational waves that cannot be measured by ground based gravitational wave detectors.
LISA Pathfinder is an ESA technology test mission for the LISA mission. LISA Pathfinder is testing most LISA technologies in space and will validate a complete model of all physical noise that can be extrapolated to the full LISA mission.