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ESA gives go-ahead for flagship gravitational-wave observatory in space

ESA gives go-ahead for flagship gravitational-wave observatory in space

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Artist's impression of the LISA mission satellites in the solar system observing gravitational waves from a distant galaxy.

LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, has passed a major review with flying colours: the entire concept – from the definition of the overall mission and operations to the space hardware to be built – stood up to the intense scrutiny of ESA’s reviewers. Now the space agency’s Science Programme Committee (SPC) has confirmed that LISA is sufficiently mature and that mission development can proceed as planned. LISA should go into orbit in the mid 2030s.

“With the Adoption decision, LISA is now firmly established in ESA’s programme of missions. We are looking forward to realizing LISA in a close collaboration of ESA, NASA, ESA member states and the wider LISA Consortium” says Karsten Danzmann, Lead of the LISA Consortium, and spokesperson for QuantumFrontiers until 2022. Numerous QuantumFrontiers researchers are part of the consortium and are involved in the development of hardware components or simulation software, for example for noise reduction. 

Detailed report on the website of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics