LISA Pathfinder Separation Test Successful
The Launcher Adapter for the ESA LISA Pathfinder Mission was tested mechanically and separated successfully on the 30th of October 2008 during the fit-check and shock test activities at the ESA ESTEC Test Facilities in Noordwijk, Netherlands.
LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) Pathfinder will pave the way for the LISA mission by testing in space the very concept of gravitational wave detection. LISA is an ESA Science Mission,the Satellite being built by Astrium Limited in Stevenage (UK).
The cylindrical 937 Launcher Test Adapter and the LISA Pathfinder Satellite was fit-checked during week 28th October to 30th October 2008 at ESA Test facility in Noordwijk as part of the Satellite Mechanical Test Campaign. Khrunichev Space Center in Moscow designed and built the Launcher Test Adapter and attached the LISA Pathfinder Satellite with a 937 mm EADS CASA Espacio Clamp-Band which was released and separated successfully during the test.
LISA PF Fit-check Team
Launcher Test Adapter and LISA Pathfinder Satellite Fit-check