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LISA Pathfinder will be launched on Thursday 3 December at 04:04 UTC (05:04 CET). Information on how to follow the launch and media briefing live can be found here.
Published: 30 November 2015
Following months of intensive training, mission controllers for the LISA Pathfinder gravitational wave detection testbed will complete a final rehearsal tomorrow, ensuring that all is ready for the journey to space.
Published: 27 November 2015
LISA Pathfinder, ESA's technology demonstrator for detecting gravitational-waves, is set for launch on 2 December at 04:15 GMT (05:15 CET) on a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Media representatives can follow the launch online and attend the event in ESA's operations centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany.
Published: 23 November 2015
LISA Pathfinder, ESA's demonstrator for space-based observations of gravitational waves, has arrived at Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of a launch currently foreseen for 2 December.
Published: 8 October 2015
LISA Pathfinder, ESA's demonstrator for spaceborne observations of gravitational waves, is ready to leave for Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Published: 1 September 2015
Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have far exceeded expectations, paving the way for a mission to detect one of the most elusive forces permeating through space - gravitational waves.
Published: 14 November 2011
An extensive series of ground tests on LISA Pathfinder's optical payload successfully achieved - for the first time on a spacecraft instrument - the incredible precision required to confirm the existence of gravitational waves.
Published: 21 October 2010
Scientists from around the world are gathering at Stanford University, California, to discuss the latest developments in the pioneering Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission.
Published: 28 June 2010
Flight-model units for the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft are undergoing a series of tests to determine their magnetic characteristics. The purpose of the tests is to ensure that the stringent magnetic cleanliness requirements of the LISA Pathfinder mission will be met.
Published: 10 November 2009
A stunning sapphire and gold casket is the latest addition to the LISA Pathfinder flight hardware collection.
Published: 18 November 2008
The science and propulsion modules of LISA Pathfinder have arrived at ESTEC for a series of system tests.
Published: 20 August 2008
Following its manufacture and assembly in Oerlikon Space AG, Zurich, Switzerland, the protoflight structure of the LISA Pathfinder Science Module has been shipped to Astrium UK for testing and integration
Published: 27 June 2007
The extremely stable structure of the Science Module of LISA Pathfinder is being manufactured and assembled in Oerlikon Space AG of Zuerich, Switzerland.
Published: 12 March 2007
The first flight units for the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft are soon to be delivered with final testing of the three Digital Sun Sensors nearing completion
Published: 1 February 2007
The first test article of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, the Development Model (DM) of the On Board Computer (OBC) has arrived at the prime contractor facilities of Astrium Ltd, Stevenage, UK in the last week of December 2006.
Published: 9 January 2007
On 16 February 2006, the ESA Mission Preliminary Design Review Board declared that the LISA Pathfinder mission is ready to proceed into the next implementation phase: the detailed design phase or Phase C.
Published: 20 February 2006
LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) is a collaborative ESA/NASA mission to detect and observe gravitational waves with a launch currently foreseen in the timeframe of 2012/2013. LISA will interferometrically measure the changes in distance between free-falling proof masses that are due to gravitational waves.
Published: 11 May 2005
SNR 12-2004Yesterday the European Space Agency (ESA) and EADS Astrium have signed the 80 million Euro contract to build the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft. Scheduled for launch in 2008, LISA Pathfinder will test in orbit a series of high-precision technologies essential for the future LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) project. This is a joint ESA/NASA mission which will try to detect gravitational waves, testing the fundamental theories of gravitation.
Published: 24 June 2004
Although you can never be certain of predicting future developments in science, there is a good chance of a fundamental breakthrough in physics soon. With a series of unique experiments and missions designed to test our understanding of gravity, the European Space Agency (ESA) hopes to get to the very bottom of it.
Published: 11 September 2002
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency, CNES, solicit proposals from European scientists to participate in the MICROSCOPE mission. Responses to the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for science contributions to this collaborative CNES/ESA mission to test the Equivalence Principle are due by 22 February 2002.
Published: 20 December 2001
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