ESA Science & Technology - Fundamental Physics
LISA Pathfinder lead scientist awarded prestigious prize
6 March 2020
Professor Stefano Vitale, principal investigator of ESA's LISA Pathfinder and currently the chair of ESA's Science Programme Committee, has been honoured with the 2020 Tycho Brahe Medal for leading the ambitious mission that demonstrated technology to detect gravitational waves from space.
ESA creates quietest place in space
5 February 2018The LISA Pathfinder mission already outperformed itself in the first week of operations, and now the final report card is in, showing that it even surpassed some of the requirements for its next-generation successor.
LISA Pathfinder wins American Astronautical Society award
24 January 2018ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission has been honoured with the 2017 Space Technology Award of the American Astronautical Society.
Green light for continued operations of ESA science missions
7 December 2017ESA's Science Programme Committee (SPC) has approved indicative extensions, up to 2019-2020, for the operation of eight scientific missions.
Gravitational wave mission selected, planet-hunting mission moves forward
20 June 2017The LISA trio of satellites to detect gravitational waves from space has been selected as the third large-class mission in ESA's Science programme, while the PLATO exoplanet hunter moves into development.
ESA identifies new science ideas for future space missions
21 April 2017Last year, ESA called on the scientific community to propose new and innovative science ideas that could be relevant for future space missions within the Science Programme. From the proposals that were received three key areas of interest have been selected for further investigation.
Space Microscope to test universality of freefall
26 April 2016France's Microscope satellite, carrying a set of ESA high-tech thrusters, lifted off last night from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, taking advantage of the same Soyuz launch that took the EU's Sentinel-1B into orbit.
Next step towards a gravitational-wave observatory in space
25 October 2016Today, ESA has invited European scientists to propose concepts for the third large mission in its science programme, to study the gravitational Universe.