LISA Pathfinder – Delivery of the inertial sensors

Milan, 3 November 2014

LISA Pathfinder is the first space observatory for gravitational waves detection. This mission was approved by the ESA Science Programme Committee in November 2000 and further reconfirmed by the same body in 2002 as part of ESA’s 'Cosmic Vision' Scientific Programme. LISA Pathfinder is scheduled for launch in 2015.

LISA’s inertial sensors are high precisions tools whose role is essential for the observatory. They have been realized by the Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio S.p.A. (CGS)  with the Italian Space Agency’s financial support. Researchers from the University of Trento and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics have designed these tools.

Inertial sensors will be delivered to the ESA during a ceremony that will be held on 3 November 2014 in Milan, at the CGS S.p.A. Headquarters at 5.00 p.m.

Representatives from all the involved stakeholders (ASI, ESA, INFN, University of Trento, institutions, scientific community and industries) will take part in a round table discussion. The Italian Space Agency will be represented by its President Roberto Battiston.