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Journal archive

With only fourteen days to go until the launch of LISA Pathfinder on 2 December, preparations continue according to plan, and this week has seen another two major milestones passed: fitting the launch vehicle adapter to the spacecraft, and enclosing the spacecraft in the fairing.
Published: 18 November 2015
For the past week and a half, the high bay, a large integration hall in the south side of the payload integration building (EPCU S5C), at the Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou has been buzzing with activities around the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft.
Published: 29 October 2015
During the first week of activities at Kourou, the LISA Pathfinder team have focused on setting up the hardware they need for the launch campaign.
Published: 15 October 2015
This is the first entry in the LISA Pathfinder launch campaign journal series. Between now and launch, the LISA Pathfinder team at Kourou will share their experiences as they prepare for that big event. Today's contribution is from the project manager, César García Marirrodriga.
Published: 9 October 2015
LISA Pathfinder continues to make steady progress in preparation for launch later this year. The most recent tests have focussed on preparing for launch on a Vega rocket.
Published: 17 July 2015
The summer is coming and that means students across Europe are sitting their final tests. ESA's LISA Pathfinder, a technology demonstrator that will pave the way for space-based gravitational wave observatories, is no different. It is currently in the test centre at IABG (Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft), Ottobrunn, Germany.
Published: 18 June 2015
The Engineering Qualification Model of the Inertial Sensor Head (ISH) for LISA Pathfinder has passed a significant milestone. The integration of all the components of the ISH with perfect alignment, and the successful completion of qualification tests mark the first time that a heavy test mass inertial sensor has been assembled and successfully...
Published: 12 December 2013
A team of scientists from the University of Glasgow has successfully delivered a significant milestone for LISA Pathfinder - the flight optical bench. Following formal delivery to Astrium GmbH, on 21 June, the optical bench is ready for integration onto the LISA Technology Package (LTP).
Published: 24 June 2013
The science module of the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft has successfully completed a series of vibration tests on different shakers as part of the spacecraft's system level mechanical verification
Published: 19 December 2008
LISA Pathfinder has successfully completed a series of tests devised to characterise the shocks that the spacecraft will experience at launcher separation and when the science and propulsion modules separate upon reaching the operational orbit at L1.
Published: 10 November 2008
The LISA Pathfinder system level acoustic tests were performed on 9 and 10 September 2008 at the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) at ESTEC, The Netherlands. The purpose of these tests was to confirm the load levels on the spacecraft units arising from random vibrations. Initial assessment of the test results indicates that the loads were as expected.
Published: 23 September 2008
The LISA Pathfinder science and propulsion modules are now ready for acoustic testing in the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF) at ESTEC, The Netherlands. In the four weeks since the modules arrived at ESTEC engineers have been busy preparing the units for this first system test.
Published: 1 September 2008
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