Follow the LISA Pathfinder launch live
30 November 2015LISA 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.
Vega VV06 launch webcast live from Kourou, starting at 03:44 GMT (04:44 CET).
Media briefing live from the ESOC operations centre, expected starting time 05:30 GMT (06:30 CET).
The media briefing will begin while Vega is still in flight, just prior to separation and the critical first receipt of signals from LISA Pathfinder, expected around 05:51 GMT (06:51 CET).
Programme for media briefing
(all times in CET)
|06:30||Start of press briefing|
Introduction to LISA Pathfinder, launcher separation and acquisition of signal
Paolo Ferri, Head of ESA Operations, and Arvind Parmar, Head of ESA Scientific Support Office
|06:49||Spacecraft separation from launcher expected|
|06:51||Acquisition of signal expected|
Continuation of the press briefing
The journey to L1
Florian Renk, LISA Pathfinder Mission Analyst, ESA
Why do we need to investigate the Gravitational Universe?
Oliver Jennrich, LISA Pathfinder Deputy Mission Scientist, ESA
How will LISA Pathfinder test the technology to measure gravitational waves?
William Weber, LISA Pathfinder scientist, University of Trento
What will LISA Pathfinder do in the coming months?
Martin Hewitson, LISA Pathfinder scientist, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute)
Industrial and technological challenges of LISA Pathfinder
Eckhard Settelmeyer, Director Earth Observation, Navigation and Science, Airbus DS
|08:00||Question and Answer session|
|08:10||Individual interviews with programme speakers; joint breakfast for media and speakers|
|09:00||End of event|