Detecting gravitational waves comes closer to reality
Washington: Optical bench has now been further integrated into the core assembly of LISA Pathfinder`s core assembly.
Dr Christian Killow (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance Advanced Fellow) said s that it is rewarding to see CAD models turning into real hardware.
Prof. Karsten Danzmann, director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and head of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at the Leibniz Universitat Hannover, said that getting LISA Pathfinder`s core measurement technologies ready to go operational means that we have just completed another crucial step.
He said that they are now firmly on course for a launch in 2015.
The documentation is going to enable the operations centre to interpret the received data during the mission, which will be launched in 2015.
LISA Pathfinder is a European Space Agency (ESA) technology test mission that aims to prove essential key technologies for future space-based gravitational-wave observatories, which cannot be tested on Earth, but only in space.
For this purpose, one laser arm of a planned large gravitational wave mission, like eLISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna), is reduced from millions of kilometres to 40 cm to fit into a single spacecraft.
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