While the LISA Pathfinder (LPF) satellite is undergoing its last tests before shipping to the launch site and the launch in autumn, the LPF scientists prepare for the mission operations.
Earlier this year, the international team met at Trento University to simulate real-time satellite operations and on-satellite experiments. We met with the scientists and talked to them about the mission simulations and why they are excited about LISA Pathfinder.
LPF will test novel technologies in space whose function and performance cannot be tested on the ground at all or only in a limited fashion. LPF will pave the way for the gravitational-wave observatory eLISA. eLISA (evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) is scheduled for launch in 2034 and will measure gravitational waves in space.