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ICE-CSIC holds the Annual meeting of the LISA Spanish contribution

05/10/2023
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Scientists involved in the Spanish contribution to LISA. Credits: ICE-CSIC.

Scientists involved in the Spanish contribution to LISA. Credits: ICE-CSIC.

Around 30 scientists involved in the Spanish contribution to the ESA’s LISA mission gathered at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) on October 4th for the annual meeting to discuss the diagnostics system development and scientific exploitation of the mission.

During the day, researchers and engineers from ICE-CSIC, Institute of Cosmos Sciences of  Barcelona University (ICCUB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and SENER Aerospacial, gave several conferences on the mission status, the ground segment and consortium status, as well as updates on the pipelines, the Data Computing Centre and other areas in the project.

The team had the opportunity to get an update on the progress made regarding  the Science Diagnostics Subsystem (SDS), the Spanish contribution to the mission. The SDS is composed by the Data Acquisition and Control Unit (DACU) and the high precision diagnostics on-board: the radiation monitor, and temperature and magnetics subsystem. The team discussed novel technology sensing techniques and developments of interest for LISA and gravitational wave detection in space. 

ICE-CSIC's Gravitational Astronomy research group leads the Spanish contribution to the European Space Agency LISA space mission, as it led the Spanish contribution to the precursor technology demonstration mission, LISA Pathfinder, that successfully concluded in 2017. 

LISA will be a constellation of three space-crafts separated each one by 2.5 million km,  performing extremely precise measurements that will allow, for the first time, the detection of gravitational waves from space. The mission is in phase B1 of design and development. The Gravitational Astronomy-LISA group (ICE-CSIC and IEEC), in collaboration with the UPC-IEEC and UB-IEEC groups, is supporting ESA during phase B1 of detailed design of the mission. LISA has the opportunity to get adopted by the beginning of 2024, in which case, it is expected to initiate the mission implementation phase by 2025.

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