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A step closer to testing Einstein

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:25 pm
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Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity will be put to the test, after an agreement between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Pathfinder will trial new technology for a mission to detect gravitational waves in space.

The two agencies will work together to develop the demonstrator satellite. ESA will design, develop, launch and operate the spacecraft. NASA will provide the Disturbance Reduction System Package, which will test the drag-free attitude control – shielding the spacecraft from solar pressure.

Teams of UK scientists and engineers are also involved. EADS Astrium in Stevenage won the contract to build the probe and SciSys will develop its software. Imperial College London, the University of Birmingham and the University of Glasgow will also collaborate on the mission.

LISA Pathfinder is due for launch in 2010.

For more information see: http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=39981

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