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Industrial contributions to LISA Pathfinder

ESA's LISA Pathfinder, a mission to validate the technology needed for the first generation of space-based gravitational wave detectors, is being built by an industrial team led by the prime contractor, Airbus Defence and Space Ltd.

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH is responsible for providing the integrated LISA Technology Package (LTP) payload. The subsystems for the LTP are provided by a consortium of European companies and research institutes.

The tables below list the industrial team involved in the LISA Pathfinder mission, arranged by country and company name.

In addition to the LTP, LISA Pathfinder will also carry the Disturbance Reduction System (DRS), which is provided by NASA-JPL.

 

Table 1: European contributions to the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft

Autriche/Austria

  Austria

Austrian Aerospace (RUAG)

Thermal Hardware

Austrian Research Center

Subcontracted contribution to the Needle Field Emission Electric-Propulsion (FEEP) Technology

Siemens AG.OESTERREICH

Radio Frequency Special Check-out Equipment


Belgique/Belgium

  Belgium

SpaceBel

On Board Software subcontractor

Thales Alenia Space

Power Subsystem Special Check-out Equipment


Danemark/Denmark

  Denmark

Terma A/S

Star Tracker


Finlande/Finland

  Finland

PATRIA AVIATION OY SYSTEMS

Solar Array subcontractor


France/France

  France

Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F)

Solar Array


Allemagne/Germany

  Germany

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH – Friedrichshafen

Drag-Free Attitude Control System (DFACS)

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH – Friedrichshafen

On Board Computer

EUROCKOT Feasibility studies for the LISA Pathfinder Launch Service on Rockot
Launch Vehicle

European Test Services

Environmental Tests

IABG 

Environmental Tests

IFR, University of Stuttgart

Drag-Free Attitude Control System (DFACS)

RWE AZURSPACE SOLAR POWER GmbH

Solar Array subcontractor

ZARM

Drag-Free Attitude Control System (DFACS) subcontractor


Italie/Italy

  Italy

Selex ES

Digital Sun sensor

Selex ES

Solar Array subcontractor

Thales Alenia Space Italia SpA (TAS-I) 

Transponders

 

Pays-Bas/Netherlands

  Netherlands

Satellite Services BV

Radio Frequency SCOE subcontractor


Norvège/Norway

  Norway

DET NORSKE VERITAS

Independent Software Verification and Validation (ISVV) facility


Portugal/Portugal

  Portugal

CRITICAL SOFTWARE SA

Independent Software Verification and Validation (ISVV) facility subcontractor


Espagne/Spain

  Spain

EADS CASA Espacio

Harness

Alter Technology

Parts Procurement Agent

Rymsa

Low Gain Antenna and Medium Gain Antenna

EADS Astrium Crisa

Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit (PCDU)

EADS Astrium Crisa

On Board Computer subcontractor


Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom

  United Kingdom

ABSL

Batteries

Scisys Ltd 

On Board Software

Airbus Defence and Space Ltd - Stevenage

Spacecraft System Prime Contractor


Suède/Sweden

  Sweden

RUAG Space AB

Separation system


Suisse/Switzerland

  Switzerland

RUAG Space

Subcontracted contribution to the Slit Field Emission Electric-Propulsion (FEEP) Technology

RUAG Space

Science Spacecraft Structure

 
 

Table 2: European contributions to the LISA Pathfinder LISA Technology Package

Autriche/Austria

  Austria

MAGNA STEYR

Caging Mechanism


France/France

  France

AOC Université Paris

Laser Modulator Architecture


Allemagne/Germany

  Germany

Albert Einstein Institute, Hannover

Co-Principal Investigator, Interferometer design

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH – Friedrichshafen

LISA Technology Package Architect

Kaiser Threde

Laser Assembly


Italie/Italy

  Italy

University of Trento

Principal Investigator, Inertial Sensor Design

CGS 

Inertial Sensor Subsystem

CGS 

Electrode Housing

Thales Alenia Space

Caging Mechanism Control Unit

Thales Alenia Space

Test Mass


Pays-Bas/Netherlands

  Netherlands

SRON

ISS Special Check-Out Equipment


Espagne/Spain

  Spain

GMV

Independent Software Verification and Validation

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio

Data Management Unit

University of Barcelona 

Data Diagnostic System

NTE – SENER 

Data Management Unit subcontractor


Suisse/Switzerland

  Switzerland

ETH Zurich

ISS Front-End Electronics Architecture

RUAG Space

Laser Modulator

RUAG Space

Caging and Venting Mechanism

RUAG Space

Grabbing, Positioning and Release Mechanism

Royaume-Uni/United Kingdom

  United Kingdom

University of Birmingham

Phasemeter Assembly

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Photodiodes

University of Glasgow 

Optical Bench

Interferometer

Imperial College London Charge Management System

 


Last Update: 11 January 2016

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