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Paving the way for LISA

LISA Pathfinder

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.

LISA Pathfinder places two test-masses in a nearly perfect gravitational free-fall and controls and measures their motion with unprecedented accuracy. This is achieved through state-of-the-art technology comprising inertial sensors, a laser metrology system, a drag-free control system and an ultra-precise micro-propulsion system. All these technologies are essential not only for LISA - they also lie at the heart of any future space-based test of Einstein's General Relativity. The Albert Einstein Institute is one of the leading mission partners.

LISA Pathfinder was launched on December 3, 2015, at 5:04 CET onboard a Vega rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. You can find an overview of the current mission status on the LISA homepage.

In early June 2016, the LISA Pathfinder Science Team published results from the first two months of operations. They showed that LISA Pathfinder has successfully demonstrated the technology for a gravitational wave observatory in space such as LISA.


Latest LISA Pathfinder vodcast

LISA Pathfinder: Time to say goodbye

Latest News

Decision by ESA’s Science Programme Committee puts mission on track for 2034 launch

LISA selected as ESA L3 mission

June 22, 2017

Decision by ESA’s Science Programme Committee puts mission on track for 2034 launch [more]
The perfect free fall in space with key contributions from Hannover researchers

LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations

June 07, 2016

The perfect free fall in space with key contributions from Hannover researchers [more]
Perfectly still satellite laboratory to validate key technologies for gravitational-wave detection in space

LISA Pathfinder begins its science mission

March 08, 2016

Perfectly still satellite laboratory to validate key technologies for gravitational-wave detection in space [more]
First science payload systems successfully switched on and tested

Laser light for LISA Pathfinder

January 13, 2016

First science payload systems successfully switched on and tested [more]
Major step towards a gravitational wave observatory in space on 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Relativity

Liftoff for LISA Pathfinder

December 03, 2015

Major step towards a gravitational wave observatory in space on 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Relativity

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AEI researchers are leading partners in LISA Pathfinder satellite mission scheduled for launch on December 2

LISA Pathfinder – the countdown is running

November 27, 2015

AEI researchers are leading partners in LISA Pathfinder satellite mission scheduled for launch on December 2 [more]
The satellite is completed. LISA Pathfinder (LPF), the test mission to demonstrate new technologies necessary for the planned gravitational wave observatory eLISA, will be shipped to the spaceport in Kourou on September 3rd, 2015, in preparation for launch.

LISA Pathfinder on the way to launch

September 01, 2015

The satellite is completed. LISA Pathfinder (LPF), the test mission to demonstrate new technologies necessary for the planned gravitational wave observatory eLISA, will be shipped to the spaceport in Kourou on September 3rd, 2015, in preparation for launch. [more]
Next steps: Shipment to Kourou and launch in autumn

LISA Pathfinder: Science payload completed and integrated into the satellite

June 23, 2015

Next steps: Shipment to Kourou and launch in autumn [more]
First steps towards gravitational wave detection in space

LISA Pathfinder displayed for the first time at the ILA 2014

May 16, 2014

First steps towards gravitational wave detection in space [more]
Optical bench integrated into the core assembly

LISA Pathfinder: from CAD models to ready-to-fly hardware

August 30, 2013

Optical bench integrated into the core assembly [more]
The heart of space mission LISA Pathfinder was successfully tested

Ready for launch

June 04, 2013

The heart of space mission LISA Pathfinder was successfully tested [more]
 
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